Highlights from the 2012 Future of Cinema Film Festival

The Fifth Future of Cinema Film Festival was held on the Interlochen campus from November 1-3 and attracted student film submissions from as far away as New Zealand, Turkey, Romania and Beijing. The festival gives young filmmakers a rare chance to screen the creative efforts of their peers and interact with and learn from leading filmmakers.

The winning entries for 2012 included:

Best of Fest / Animation - "Papernation" by Paul Detling, of Montville, Ohio 
Documentary - "Chai" by Tyler Payne, of Cincinnati, Ohio  
Screenplay - "In Shanghai" by Zoe Cheng, of Lafayette, California  
Narrative - "Ned." by Greyson Horst, of Sacremento, California  

In addition to featuring the best student films from around the world, the festival also included sessions with guest filmmakers. This year the festival welcomed Steve Saklad, a production designer on such films as "The Muppets," "Juno," and "Up in the Air," and two representatives from ARRI Lighting and Camera, Snehal Patel and Jane Rein. Joining the fest by live video chat was Benh Zeitlin, the director of "Beasts of the Southern Wild," a film that earned the praise of such notable film critics as Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama.

The Future of Cinema Film Festival is presented by the motion picture arts program at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Students in the motion picture arts program study the fundamental components of screenwriting and production in the most advanced facilities available to high school students. Programs for filmmakers are offered during the summer at Interlochen Arts Camp and during the school year at Interlochen Arts Academy.

Papernation by Paul Detling

Chai by Tyler Payne

Ned. by Greyson Horst