The public is invited to the fourth-annual film festival at Flagler Palm Coast High School.
With a camera, tripod and shotgun mic, a group of four students filmed a project by the recycling dumpsters in the back of the Flagler Palm Coast High School campus on Thursday, Feb. 21.
The short film about identity theft, created by senior Palmer Guthrie, will be one of about 15 shorts at the FPC-TV's fourth-annual film festival on March 1.
The event serves as a fundraiser for the FPC-TV program, but it means more than that to the students, said senior Justin Cestare.
"It's a way to support our film makers here," Cestare said. "It's kind of your first real exposure to having a screening for a film you worked on, so it does fuel that passion to want to go in and make more, better things. It does support us out, but it also supports the kids individually by giving them an audience."
All submissions are PG13 at the maximum and can range from one to 15 minutes long. There will be freshly popped popcorn, candy and other concessions available at the festival. A handful of the submissions were made by Matanzas High School students and homeschoolers, Cestare said.
"This year we've been a lot heavier on advertising more to the community, as opposed to just the school," Cestare said. "We have a few films that have come from people out in the community, so it's not just FPC-centric."
Three judges will determine the winners for each category: drama, horror, comedy and Best in Show. The winners will receive a personalized plaque.
Last year, there were about 20 viewers other than the student directors, so Cestare said they hope to have at least 40 this year. Once they gain enough momentum, he said they want to host the film festival in the Flagler Auditorium to give students a better "at the movies" screening experience.