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Fest issues call for young filmmakers

Participants at the NCFF Filmmakers Panel.

Since 2001, the Nevada City Film Festival has grown from a local filmmakers event to an international film festival, bringing top independent cinema to the foothills of Northern California.

The 13th annual Nevada City Film Festival, Sept. 5-8, will screen more than 100 independent films from around the world at the Miners Foundry and Magic Theatre in Nevada City. In addition to the exciting lineup of comedies, dramas and documentaries is the second annual Young Filmmakers Music & Film Project, a program that celebrates the festival's roots while showcasing local filmmakers and musicians.

The Young Filmmakers Music & Film Project brings together local musicians and filmmakers of all experience levels to create original music videos that will be considered for screening during the Nevada City Film Festival.

There is no prior experience necessary. Filmmakers can use any equipment they can get their hands on: from an old camcorder, to an iPhone or a flip camera — even a laptop webcam will work.

"The Music & Film Project is a really cool way to interact with the Nevada City/Grass Valley music scene, and it's also a great way to try your hand at filmmaking, especially if you don't have a lot of experience," said Zoe Toffaleti, assistant festival director of the Nevada City Film Festival and also an independent filmmaker, who will be heading up this year's program.

At last year's festival, seven shorts for local musicians, such as Mt. Whateverest, Mariee Sioux, The Moore Brothers, Aaron Ross and Brett Shady, were screened during the sold-out local filmmakers program at the Nevada Theatre, and one was also featured on opening night of the festival.

They included narrative, concept and performance-based videos that also explored and experimented with techniques such as stop-motion animation.

Mentors with professional filmmaking experience are available to answer any technical questions along the way and to guide filmmakers throughout the process.

Contact the festival for a handful of local bands that have already given permission to use their music.

Music videos must be for local Nevada County bands and musicians. Email thenevadacityfilmfestival@gmail.com to sign up.

Some of last year's videos can be seen at http:// youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJkkUYj6en1DyUaJWvty7nzY-zuoZGz18.