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Teens Showcase Movie Making Skills at Local Festival

Who knows?

Perhaps the next Steven Spielberg is from Rochester.  

Twelve young local filmmakers are showcasing their efforts in the 8th annual Rochester Teen Film Festivalat The Little Theater Wednesday at 5  pm.

Festival co-founder, Nazareth College assistant professor Brian Bailey, says interest in the event has grown over the years. "Kids are using digital media all the time,  making movies  and telling some pretty compelling stories.  We get 50 to 100 entries every year and some of the films that the kids make and the stories they tell are really compelling."

This year, the festival is giving an award for the Best Animated Film in honor of Alex Ketchek, A School Without Walls graduate and RIT student who passed away this year.  Alex was a finalist in the 2010 Rochester Teen Film Festival.

The Rochester Teen Film Festival is a collaboration between Nazareth College, The Little Theater and WXXI.

Beth Adams joined WXXI as host of Morning Edition in 2012 after a more than two-decade radio career. She was the longtime host of the WHAM Morning News in Rochester. Her career also took her from radio stations in Elmira, New York, to Miami, Florida.