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The Audience is Listening!

The Youth Silent Film Festival, named the Best New Event in the World by the International Festivals & Events Association in 2010, rolls out the red carpet next week for aspiring young filmmakers. The three-night festival runs Tuesday through Thursday, May 24 – 26 at the historic Hollywood Theatre in NE Portland.

Each night 15 films will be screened, accompanied live by organ prodigy Nathan Avakian. The top films were selected by a judging panel consisting of notables Tom Desanto, Kerry O’Quinn, Chuck Palahniuk and famed local film director, Gus Van Sant. “Last year we had 85 filmmakers submit their work. This year we had 190,” said Jon JP Palanuk, the founder of the festival. “We went from 45 films in 2010 to 75 films, and festival-goers are in for something really special!” The audience will be able to vote for a ‘People’s Choice’ award through a text-message election during the three-night festival.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for kids. A festival pass is available for $25. Ticket information is available HERE.

The competition is reserved to filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers 20 years of age or younger. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three, and their winning three-minute entries will be shown on Saturday, June 11, at the Rose Festival’s annual screening of “From One Rose” at the Hollywood Theatre.

The Youth Silent Film Festival is presented in collaboration with philanthropist Jon “JP” Palanuk, organist Nathan Avakian, the Northwest Film Center, Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc. and the Columbia River Theatre Organ Society, as well as the support of Regal Cinemas and The Oregonian. It is a sanctioned event of Rose Festival.