Jewish Press of Pinellas County

Teens invited to compete in video contest

Entries for the annual Teen Reels competition are being sought from now through March 30.

This is an artistic iPhone movie-making competition for middle and high school aged students from Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.

The rules are simple: all middle and high school aged students residing in Hillsborough, Pasco or Pinellas counties are eligible to participate. The contest is free to enter.

The requirements are to make a short film from one minute to 15 minutes in length about anything that is of Jewish interest. It could be a geographic area, value, tradition or even a personal experience.

The short-film competition is designed to give students an opportunity to tell their stories while discovering and enhancing their skills as filmmakers. The top 10 film winners will have the opportunity to have their films shown at a public screening. The top three winners will be awarded cash prizes of $100-$750. The films will be judged by the chairs of the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival.

“This film contest is another way to engage young artists in the Tampa Bay area,” said Brandy Gold, Tampa JCCs & Federation’s arts & culture director.

Submit films to Gold at or call her at (813) 769-4725.

The film competition is supported by the Tampa JCCs & Federation and the Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast and the presenting sponsor is Arlyn and Adam Abelson, The Abelson Group – Morgan Stanley.

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