Reel Expressions 2016 Thank You, Plus 2015 Recap!

Thank You for Attending the
2016 Reel Expressions
International Youth Film Festival!

November 4, 2016 at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie

Doors open and Interactive Stations: 5:30 pm
Film Screenings and Awards: 6 pm

Thank you so much to all who attended the 2016 Reel Expressions International Youth Film Festival, our exhibition of youth-produced film annually hosted by Spark Media Project. Beginning in 2013, this youth showcase encompasses each of Spark’s goals: to encourage youth creativity, to invigorate our local community through the arts, and to showcase the incredible work done by this next generation of media-makers. The festival features youth-produced films – narratives, animation, experimental and documentary – from youth both local and from around the world!

This project is made possible, in part, through funding from Dutchess Tourism Inc and administered by Arts Mid Hudson, in addition to the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. Thanks to the following sponsors.

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2015 RECAP:

The 2015 Reel Expressions Youth Film Festival was a hit! Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who came out to the show, and to all of our generous sponsors and supporters!

The night included an interactive media reception, an opening performance from Steppers with Class, the presentation of the Spark Media Award to local media-maker Donna Reyer, an incredible line-up of youth-produced films from around the world, a Q & A with youth filmmakers, AND a door prize!

Please take a moment to fill out a survey about your experience at Reel Expressions, so that we can make next year even better!

And now, a few of our favorite moments from Reel Expresions 2015!

On the marquee
The interactive digital animation station
The Steppers with Class open the show.
Getting interviewed by Hudson Valley News Network
Donna Reyer receives this year’s Spark Media Award
Youth filmmakers at the Q & A
Youth filmmakers at the Q & A
Meet Sparky, the youth-designed 3D printed trophy!
Spark’s Executive Director, Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, and Director of Education, Mary Ellen Iatropoulos, pose with Sparky
Everyone wants to pose with Sparky!