Summit County Fair gets ready for the movies |

Summit County Fair gets ready for the movies

County fairs are known for various contests.

Best of show prizes are given to visual artists, floriculturists, horticulturists and more.

This year, the Summit County Fair will be handing out prizes for short films when it introduces its new film competition, said Travis English, Summit County Fair administrator.

"We try to create new opportunities for students to enter their work in a variety of classes," English told The Park Record. "We are going to integrate a new activity in addition to our traditional exhibits."

The Summit County Fair will accept submissions of films made by Summit County residents through July 21.

Films can be submitted by uploading the entrie at .

"There will be a form that people can fill out so we’ll be able to see who submitted the film and who made the film," English explained.

The winners will be announced on Aug. 5 during a screening that will be held at the North Summit High School Auditorium in Coalville at 7 p.m.

This is the first contest of its kind for any Utah county fair and the idea came from Marla Howard, the Summit County Fair board chairwoman, English said.

"She wanted to come up with an activity that would offer an opportunity for Summit County residents who live in the more urban areas to participate in the fair," he said. "She wanted to encourage younger participants as well."

The film categories are:

  • Public Service Announcement (PSA)
  • Documentary
  • Narrative (live action or animated)

    Films will also be judged by the fimmakers’ ages — middle- and high-school students younger than 18 and college/university students younger than 26.

    The judges will be selected by the Park City Film Series, said film series executive director Katharine Wang.

    "We have a fantastic slate of judges," Wang said.

    The judges include:

  • Peter Pilafian, a Park City resident who is a director of photography, who has worked on films such as "A River Runs Through It," "Ready to Fly," "Dogtown and Z-Boys."
  • Jill Orschel, a locally based documentary filmmaker whose "Sister Wife" short premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Matias Alvarez, a Parkite who has worked on a large number of films as a director and producer including "SLC Punk" and "Cloud 9."
  • Ryan Miller, film teacher at Park City High School for a number of years.
  • George Dymalski, Park City Film Series programmer

    All filmmakers will receive a cash premium for entering the contest and winners will receive an additional $100 and runners up will receive $50.

    One of the contest’s goals is to encourage intra-county collaboration.

    "Filmmakers will get more points for collaboration with different schools and other parts of the county," Wang said. "A team can be comprised of someone from Park City High School who may have filmmaking skills and someone from North Summit High that has great screenwriting skills and someone from South Summit who maybe has great talent with music to score the film."

    Judges will give extra consideration to films that feature female filmmakers.

    "The reason is you don’t see as many females getting the recognition as their male counterparts in professional films," Wang said. "We certainly want to encourage that."

    Entries must not exceed eight minutes in length and all video, graphics, photographs and music must be original content created by the filmmaker or the production crew, Wang said.

    "Films previously entered into school competitions may be used, but films submitted to other major competitions may not be entered," she said.

    Films containing stock video or photographs, and screen capture content from YouTube or video games will not be accepted, and films with nudity, lewd or vulgar behavior, offensive language and gestures will be disqualified, according to Wang

    The Summit County Fair approached the Park City Film Series last winter to talk about starting up a film contest that would expand its 4-H offerings, Wang said.

    "These days, you see fewer and fewer kids engaging in traditional 4-H activities with livestock and such, so a film contest was a great way to bring it into the 21st century," Wang said. "One of the components of 4-H is electronics and film. Of course, our community loves film and this may be an opportunity for them, because the Park City Film Series has always tried to cultivate the art of filmmaking with the young people."

    For more information and the full list or rules, visit , or call 435-615-8291 .

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