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Balto Film Fest returns Labor Day weekend.

2015BFFposter-LS-200x300The Friends of Jesse Lee Home are proud to announce the schedule for this year’s Balto Film Fest.  Filmmakers from around the state will descend on Seward Labor Day weekend to participate in this work force development exercise – and Seward benefits from the exposure.  Local residents are encouraged to play along – whether it be attending any of the free events or joining a film making team to create a movie to submit in competition.

Thursday, August 20th at 5 p.m.  Close of Submission for Short and Feature films.  All submissions must be made electronically.  See the Balto Film Fest website for more details at

Friday, August 28th at 8 p.m., Balto 49 Hour Film Challenge release of prompts.  These three words must be used in a short film created for competition in 49 hours.  Prompts will be released at electronically, films will be submitted electronically.  Get your team together and discover all the details at  Films will be screened over Memorial Day weekend.

Friday, September 4th at 7 p.m, Film School for Real People – a free workshop will be held at the Seward Library and Museum.  Dr. DB Palmer is Professor/Lead Faculty of Outdoor Studies and Adventure Film at Prince William Sound College of the University of Alaska. Expeditionary Film School of Alaska is the first, and only, adventure filmmaking degree program. Located in Valdez, Alaska.

Expeditionary Film School of Alaska aligns with PWSC ODS Adventure Filmmaking degree, a two year college program specializing in extreme adventure filmmaking and shooting footage in the world’s most epic locations. EFSA supports the PWSC ODS Adventure Filmmaking degree program, offering: Adventure filmmaking, emergency medical training, professional certifications, outdoor leadership skills and education, industry-leading instructors, and filmmaking opportunities in one of the most epic locations in the world.


Our students not only gain an epic adventure film education, but can also back this up with emergency medical training, professional certifications, outdoor leadership skills and education, as well as targeted skill-sets. This degree program will provide students with the tools necessary to enter the outdoor recreation industry as a professional. Expeditionary Film School of Alaska brings leading filmmakers, solid academics, and budding filmmakers together to craft projects from story conception to the screen.

Expeditionary Film School of Alaska students finish with an Associates of Applied Science in Outdoor Studies with a concentration in Adventure Filmmaking. The program has an equivalency agreement with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Film program.

Friday, September 4th at 8 p.m., Togo 24 Hour Sprint release of prompts.  If you want to experience working a a film without making a large investment of resources the Togo 24 Hour Sprint is the vehicle for you.  All entries must be filmed on a smartphone – which evens the playing field and ups the creativity.  For more information see

All Labor Day weekend free screenings of all Balto Film Fest submissions will be open to the public at the L.V. Ray Center Auditorium.  A schedule of screenings will be forthcoming after the close of submissions and the determination of the judging panels for features and shorts.  Follow the details either on the website  or on Facebook at



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