Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SCA Announces finalists in Saugatuck Shorts Competition

The +Saugatuck Center for the Arts (400 Culver Street, Saugatuck) has announced the entire list of 11 finalists in its upcoming-juried film competition, Saugatuck Shorts. The screening will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014, 6:30 pm at the SCA, featuring short films (five minutes or less) with a tie to Michigan. Tickets $20/adults $10/students. or 269.857.2399.

The full list of finalists includes (in no particular order):

In the ADULT category
  • Calder’s Dairy Farm – Steve Julin
  • Knowing How to Fall, Terrible Tinkle Troubles – Jason Grinde
  • Blind Date – Ron Lechler
  • Who We Are – Corey Tobias
  • Rail Fan – Randy Strobl and Mallory Patterson

In the STUDENT category
  • Leave – Kwesi Reynolds
  • The Muchies – JB Armstrong
  • Disposable – Ian Siporin
  • In Despair – Andrew Behn
  • West Michigan by Drone – Jeff Zita

Three prizes will be awarded at the screening: $500 judges’ award for best in the student category, $1,000 judges’ award for best the adult category, and $1,000 for “audience favorite”. Audience members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite after all the films have been screened.

“The audience interaction is lots of fun,” said SCA Executive Director Kristin Armstrong. “Similar to ArtPrize, there are awards given by our professional judges but the audience also has the chance to weigh in and bestow a $1,000 prize that evening!”

Armstrong noted that in the adult category, Lechler and Grinde had both made it to last year’s round of finalists and are back in this year’s screening. Lechler is a Saugatuck High School graduate now attending school in Texas. In the student category, Jeff Zita, a Holland Christian High School graduate, is now attending Hope College.

A panel of professionals in the film and video industry juried all the entries and narrowed the field down to the Top Eleven. Film topics range from mini documentaries to love stories. “The films are so engaging. They’re also very creative and entertaining,” said Armstrong. “While it’s a bonus to know the filmmaker, anyone who attends the screening will enjoy a wonderful evening of Michigan-themed entertainment – and leave inspired to make their own film!”

Tickets for Saugatuck Shorts are $20 for adults; $10 for children 18 years and under. The evening kicks off at 6:30 pm with popcorn and a cash bar plus time to mix and mingle with the filmmakers. The screening begins at 7:15 pm with filmmakers introducing their short films. At the conclusion of the screening the audience will vote for its favorite and the judges will reveal their awards. The winners will go home that evening with their prizes.

Proceeds from the evening will support free and low-cost programming for children at the SCA. Tickets for Saugatuck Shorts can be purchased on-line at or by calling 269-857-2399.

About the Saugatuck Center for the Arts
The Saugatuck Center for the Arts, located at 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a more vibrant lakeshore community in West Michigan and beyond. For more information about the SCA and upcoming events, visit or call 269.857.2399.

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