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Slick Rock Student Film Festival coming May 18

Slick Rock Student Film Festival The Tulare County Office of Education is preparing for the 10th annual Slick Rock Student Film Festival - Central California's largest student film competition. Middle and high school students from throughout the Central Valley have submitted nearly 200 films to the festival, which will be held at the Fox Theater in downtown Visalia (308 W. Main St.) on May 18.

Students have created videos in various categories ranging from 30-second Public Service Announcements and animated films to music videos and action/dramas. Middle school students could enter four categories, including General Advertisement, Public Service Announcement (PSA), Documentary and the 5-Minute Action/Drama Blockbuster. High school students (grades 9-12), could choose from categories which include: Suicide Prevention PSA, General PSA, Step Up Advertisement (Anti-Gang Initiative), "Come Play" Advertisement (Tulare County Tourism), General Advertisement, Documentary, Music Video, Animation (2D or 3D), 5-Minute Comedy, 5-Minute Action/Drama Blockbuster and Foreign Film.

The festival was conceived by Scott Smith and Russ Audino with the Visalia Unified School District, which ran the festival until 2012. This year, the Tulare County Office of Education is administering the program under the leadership of Adam Valencia, supervisor of the Choices Prevention Programs.

The festival will begin Saturday morning, May 18 at 9:00 a.m. with screenings of films receiving a "Premiere Cut" designation. The screenings will continue into the afternoon. At 5:30 p.m., students who played a central role in producing "Premiere Cut" films (along with their advisors) are eligible to participate in the Limo/Red Carpet Walk. The official awards ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Slick Rock is generously supported by the Tulare & Kings Counties Suicide Prevention Task Force, the Tulare County Film Commission, Tulare County Step Up initiative, and ABC30. For more information, visit, or call the Choices Prevention Programs at (559) 651-0155.