First annual film festival kicks off

FOREST CITY, Iowa – They’re less than 24 hours from graduation but for these students, they’re rolling out the red carpet for a big movie premier.

Five short films all produced by Waldorf College students and one Forest City High School student are premiering May 2.

This is the first annual film festival fully sponsored by students.

Five short films will be played to showcase the talents of our area students.

The films featured at this year’s festival will be The 16 Bit Sword, Wanderlust, Shadows, It’s On Me and Simple Job.

“You have an opportunity to show your work on a big screen. Students at 21, 22 and even 19 cannot say I showed my short film on the big screen. So that’s a very good opportunity for them and for someone to actually see the art in a piece instead of the monetary value,” said Phillip Koolhoven, Waldorf Senior.

The North Iowa Film Festival was founded by Phillip and fellow classmate Carlos Ruiz.

The event begins with a red carpet event at 7:30 p.m. with the first showing at 8 p.m.

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