Inspiring, Young Filmmakers Prepare For Local Competition

By Danielle Chastaine
The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) This year’s annual Gig Harbor Film Festival’s 72-hour Film Competition pits 24 teams ranging in age and skill level to film, produce and edit their films all in the span of 72 hours.

The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)

Sisters Emma and Annie Stafki, and their friends, Diana Smolko and Kadence Stoddard, love making movies in the Stafki’s yard on the Key Peninsulam, Wash.

Most of the time their homemade movies, filmed on their parent’s phone and then edited on the family computer, is about the story of Princess Anabela and her best friend, Esmeralda.

But their recent endeavor is not a part of their usual series.

“We are thinking of calling it ‘Twisting Reality with Fiction,’ ” Emma Stafki, 13, said. “But we haven’t decided yet.”

The Stafki sisters, Smolko, 13, and Stoddard, 13, are competing in the annual Gig Harbor Film Festival’s 72-hour Film Competition.

Melanie Kerr, the spokesperson for the Gig Harbor Film Festival, said the competition is a way for the film festival to stay relevant in Gig Harbor between festivals, while also giving residents a chance to have their own film and art shown on the big screen in front of a real audience.

“The festival itself is an annual event we hold every fall,” she said. “This year it starts on Sept. 13. It’s a four-day event. It’s a chock-full schedule of independent films running at the Galaxy Theater.”

This year’s festival is in its 11th year. The Gig Harbor Film Festival organization has been hosting the 72-hour Film Competition for … years. This year, 24 teams ranging in age and skill level competed with 72 hours to film, produce and edit their films. Each film is about five minutes and included three different clues to prove they were filmed within the set 72 hours. The clues included:

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