Students are invited to learn the art of filmmaking at Oneota Film Festival’s after school Micro-Film Seminar beginning Sept. 9. (Submitted photo)
Students are invited to learn the art of filmmaking at Oneota Film Festival’s after school Micro-Film Seminar beginning Sept. 9. (Submitted photo)

The Oneota Film Festival (OFF) is offering a series of after-school workshops in Decorah beginning Sept. 9 to introduce area middle school and senior high school students to the basic principles of making films. This 19-week seminar will help students learn to design, produce, and edit their own films. The films will be screened at the Oneota Film Festival in Decorah, Iowa, Feb. 28-Mar. 2, 2014.

The purpose of the Student "Micro-Film" Seminar is to teach area students the critical, technical and artistic development of film production. Along the way, they will explore the art of film appreciation, alternative modes of film-making outside the Hollywood model, structure of fiction film versus documentary, the process of screenwriting, sound design, image design and more.

The seminar will be held at ArtHaus and taught by Luther College and University of Iowa film graduate Cade Loven of Decorah.

"This seminar is a unique opportunity for students to learn the basic techniques of filmmaking, to explore their own creativity and to do so with confidence," said Nancy Sojka, OFF president. "The student films from the seminar screened last year at the Oneota Film Festival were a big hit. We believe this to be a valuable extracurricular activity that can expand students' potential."

Dates of the seminar are Sept. 9-Jan 15, though class will not be held Dec. 23 or 30. The film seminar is open to students ages 12-18 (7th-12th grade). Tuition is underwritten by Oneota Film Festival. There is a $30 registration fee. For further information or to register, contact the instructor at loveca01@luther.edu. Scholarships are available for registration fee if needed.

In December and January, as the Film Festival approaches, students will edit their work and have additional lab time at ArtHaus as they prepare to share their creations with the public.

Oneota Film Festival (www.oneotafilmfestival.org) is a non-profit corporation formed by local film enthusiasts featuring current filmmaking addressing the issues of our time. It is hosted at Luther College. OFF is made possible by the generous support of a sponsors and donors across the regional community, including Luther College and in-kind support from the Decorah Public Library.