TCAN, Walnut Hill School Prepare for Upcoming Student Film Festival


TCAN and Walnut Hill School for the Arts Prepare for First Annual MetroWest Student Film Festival

The Center for Arts in Natick and Walnut Hill School for the Arts are pleased to announce a collaborative partnership to produce the first annual MetroWest Student Film Festival.

The Festival will feature the work of young filmmakers between the ages of 14 -19 who are residents of the MetroWest region. Selected finalists will screen their student films for friends, families, and the general public in a 3-day festival to be held in the state-of-the-art screening room at The Center for Arts in Natick, April 5-7, 2019.

Each short film entry will be judged by a panel of industry professionals and enthusiasts for the categories of Outstanding Live Action, Documentary, Animated, along with a special Student Choice Award to be selected by the students in the Writing, Film & Media Arts program at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, who will also be involved in the planning and production of the festival.

"This is a great opportunity for longtime partners to expand the work of giving voice and space to young artists. Students come up with some amazing ideas when they put their hearts into it," said Antonio Viva, Walnut Hill School for the Arts Head of School.

The panel of judges will include international documentary filmmaker, Zadi Zokou, best known regionally for his feature length documentary Praying Town, which tells the history of Native Americans and African American slaves of Natick and Southern New England, and Scott Pressler, Creative Director for the nationally acclaimed media design studio, ONE80 Visual and recipient of five Emmy Awards for his work with NBC. The Festival Co-Directors are TCAN Cinema Program Director, Nicola Anderson and Walnut Hill Director of Writing, Film & Media Arts, Margaret Funkhouser.

The MWSFF will provide an opportunity for the region’s young filmmakers and production teams to explore and create stories through motion pictures, and take part in workshops and networking opportunities with festival participants.

“The addition of a fully equipped digital cinema to our facility has opened the door to new programming possibilities,” adds David Lavalley, TCAN’s Executive Director since 2004. “Both TCAN and Walnut Hill are excited to combine our resources to showcase student filmmakers throughout the MetroWest region.”

A schedule of screenings is expected to be announced shortly.



Located in the Natick Center Cultural District in Natick, MA, The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN) was founded in 1997 and serves the MetroWest region with a mission to increase opportunities to experience, participate in and learn about the arts.  Located in a restored firehouse originally constructed in 1875, TCAN hosts over 200 events each year including live music performances, community theater productions, movie screenings, gallery exhibits and arts education programs.
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Located in Natick, MA, Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience purposefully designed for student artists in grades 9–12, with a postgraduate year also available. An international leader in the education of young artists, Walnut Hill offers unparalleled training in dance; music; theater; visual art; and writing, film & media arts, complemented by a robust and innovative academic curriculum.
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