The Keller ISD Film Festival is reaching new heights this year, 60 feet to be precise.
At the seventh annual Film Fest awards show on May 12, finalists will see clips of their films on the floor-to-ceiling 60-foot XD screen at the Cinemark Alliance Town Center and XD.
“We’ve really taken it up a notch this year,” said Matt Hill, media production coordinator and film fest founder.
Finalists can walk the red carpet and pose for photos with fun props just like nominees at the Academy Awards.
Hill said that a new partnership with the KISD Education Foundation helped pay a discounted rate to reserve the movie theater and also funded more and better prizes.
The contest received 531 entries and judges chose 140 finalist videos. During People’s Choice Award voting last week, 7,295 votes were cast.
Awards will be given in seven categories including comedy, story, music video, documentary and animation. New this year is the Vine category, featuring the application that shows six-second videos in a loop.
There are three different age groups divided by grade levels: K-4, 5-8 and 9-12; and student-produced and class-produced divisions.
Because there are only 300 seats in the XD auditorium, there will be three different ceremonies. Elementary students will be featured at 5:30 p.m., intermediate and middle school, 7 p.m. and high school, 8:30 p.m. at Cinemark Alliance Town Center and XD, 9228 Sage Meadow Trail, Fort Worth.