A Lytton teenager is following in the footsteps of famed director Steven Spielberg, who began making films when he too was a teenager.
Jade Baxter, 16, was nominated for the Scriptwriting and Youth Dramatic Filmmaking awards at the 17th Annual EyeLens Film, Video and Animation Festival.
Jade was nominated for her film, The Hostage.
This year's festival and award ceremony were held in Victoria on Saturday, Apr. 21.
The event featured a keynote presentation by award-winning filmmaker Bart Simpson, a crowd favourite at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
There were more than 140 videos entered in this year's festival, all of which were produced at the Gulf Islands Film and Television School (GIFTS) during the year 2011.
“Jade Baxter, like other EyeLens nominees, is an up-and-coming media artist who braved the rigours of an intensive GIFTS production and produced stunning work in a short
period of time,” said festival representative Jonathan Piteux. “For many of these students, it's their first production. They are people to watch out for.”
Baxter describes her video as suspense piece “with a twist.”
She co-wrote the screenplay with a film school partner, Muguel Achtymichuk, 18, from the Lower Mainland.
Jade returned to the film school for a second stint where she tested her skills at making a short documentary video on people's connections to inanimate objects and what those objects can symbolize in individuals' lives.
She said her experience at the film school was invaluable because it included scriptwriting, pre-production work, the actual film shoot, post-production work and editing.
“It really gives you a sense of everything that goes into creating a film.”
Asked about her favourite directors and/or films, she mentions Quentin Tarantino, the director of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. Her favourite recent films are the 2011 action thriller/fairy tale Hanna and another Tarantino movie, his World War II drama, Inglourious Basterds.
The Gulf Islands Film and Television School is a unique rural film camp on Galiano Island. It focuses on developing new filmmakers. Using a mentor-to-student ratio, students create every aspect of their productions.
The school was founded in 1995 and claims “amazing success” with its students' films and videos at national and international film festivals.