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Slick Rock Student Film Festival coming May 17

Slick Rock Student Film Festival The Tulare County Office of Education is preparing for the 11th 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 over 400 films to the festival, which will be held at the Fox Theatre in downtown Visalia (308 W. Main St.) on May 17.

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 seven categories, including General Advertisement, Public Service Announcement (PSA), Documentary, 5-Minute Blockbuster, Tobacco Prevention PSA, Sprigeo Anti-bullying PSA and Nutrition & Physical Activity PSA. 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 Blockbuster, Tobacco Prevention PSA, Sprigeo Anti-bullying PSA, Sports Highlights, News Broadcast, and Nutrition & Physical Activity PSA.

The festival was conceived by Scott Smith and Russ Audino with the Visalia Unified School District, which ran the festival until 2012. Now in its 11th year, the Slick Rock Student Film Festival has been administered by Adam Valencia, director of the Tulare County Office of Education's Choices Prevention Programs, since 2013.

The festival will begin Saturday morning, May 17 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, ABC30, the Tulare County Film Commission, Tulare County Step Up initiative, Sprigeo Anti-bullying Program and College of the Sequoias. For more information, visit www.slickrockfestival.org, or call the Choices Prevention Programs at (559) 651-0155.