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Balto Film Fest Starts Saturday Night – Free Movies at Seward Marine Center


Alaskan Filmmakers have hit the City of Seward – competing in the annual Balto Film Fest.  Films ranging from the Hitchcock like Granny’s House to documentaries, romance, action films and even a Star Wars segment will be screened for free over the weekend at the LV Ray UAF Seward Marine Science Center.

The films are in competition, and need your vote to win the coveted Audience Choice award.  These films have not been rated, and some do contain mature subject matter that would not be suitable for most children under 13.

The feature film, Granny’s House will be shown at 8 pm on Saturday.  On Sunday, the Short Film competition begins at 6pm.

The Togo 24 Hour Sprint – films that have been made within a 24 hour period using three prompts – blue, sea and evening and using a cell phone for principal photography will be seen.  Anchorage Representative Andrew Josephson met filmmakers at the Seward Library and Museum Friday night to announce the prompts.


At 7:30 the Balto 49 Hour Film Challenge – films that were made last weekend using the prompts great, north, and star will be seen.  You have to have an Alaskan on the team present to win Judge’s Choice  – but that didn’t stop Alaskans vacationing in Istanbul from submitting their entry!  They know anyone can win the Audience Choice Award – all they need is to have a film compelling enough to vote for.


The Awards Ceremony starts at 8pm, featuring a Blue Ribbon Panel of Judges from the Alaska State Legislature.  Scheduled to judge this year are Representative Max Gruenberg and Representative Harriot Drummond.

The Balto Film Fest is a work force development component of the developing curriculum of the Balto School at the Jesse Lee Home.  It is designed to allow students one-on-one experience working with Alaskan filmmakers in all assets of film production, industry networking, and has the added benefit of developing an awareness of the opportunities shooting in Seward brings.


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