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      Hands-on program seeks NW Ohio kids aspiring to work in film

      Program participants can enter a short film into a judged competition.
      If you have a child with a passion for taking photos, movie-making or digital media, there's a weekend workshop that's just for them.

      ??Shorties U??, a Sylvania Community Arts Commission (SCAC) program, will have open registration this Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sylvania Community Arts Commission office.

      Registration at the SCAC office will be at 5632 N. Main St. Organizers will try to fill all 50 spots available for the 4-week workshop.

      The program teaches students in 4th to 8th grades how to make a short film.

      Classes start on February 22 and will take place on consecutive Saturdays at Northview High School in Sylvania from 9 a.m. to noon.

      Participants will learn how to come up with an idea, storyboarding, cinematography and editing skills.

      At the end of the workshop students will be encouraged to make a short film for the ??Shorties?? Short Film Challenge.

      The films are entered and then judged as part of the 2nd annual Tree City Film Festival, held on April 24, at the Northview Performing Arts Center.

      Any K-12 student can submit an entry for the film contest, not just participants of ??Shorties U??.

      There's no experience necessary for the ??Shorties U?? workshop.

      The class is $50 a student and each participant gets a free t-shirt.

      Those with a financial need may qualify for assistance in paying that fee.

      The program is funded in part by the Ohio Arts Council.

      Applications can also be mailed in to SCAC.

      Registration and payment must be postmarked by February 7.