Cinema St. Louis’ 2014 St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase kicks off Sunday, July 13, and runs through Thursday, July 17.
Each year, Cinema St. Louis gets about 120 submissions from both professional and amateur filmmakers. Chris Clark, artistic director of the organization, says the most important criteria is whether the filmmakers have told a good story and told it in a cohesive way.
Cinema St. Louis Executive Director Cliff Froehlich said the organization chose to do a children's festival because there were a lot of great children's films that should be seen despite not having wide commercial appeal.
Dan Parris believes that filmmaking is a great activity because it incorporates every kind of art. He shares his passion for film with high school students in his role of Project Director for Pentimento: The St. Louis Story Mapping Project. An initiative of the Midwest Center for Media Literacy in cooperation with Speakup Productions and Studio STL, the project enables inner city high school students to learn the art and business of filmmaking.