You know it. I know it. Basically everyone knows it. Teenagers can be kinda…well….challenging. They aren’t kids. They aren’t adults. In between two worlds is a hard place to be! But can teenagers be amazing? Absolutely! And you know what amazes me? Life Goals List spoiler alert: Teenage filmmakers, like those who will be showcased in the upcoming Pegasus Film Fest in Dallas!
Life Goals List
I’m 51, and I can assure you that when I was a teenager, I was far from amazing. I’m pretty sure my shoes matched and I completely brushed all my hair, even the hair on the back of my head that I couldn’t really see, by the time I graduated from high school. Unlike my 1980’s self, there are teenagers out there today with a life goals list that would blow your socks off. Case-in-point: the teenage filmmakers showcased in the Pegasus Film Festival.
The Pegasus Film Festival
Submissions and Awards
Those of us who are “adulting” know that teenagers do better with boundaries and rules. Ergo, teenage film festivals should have rules. And the Pegasus Film Festival does!
- All films must be made by high school students in Texas.
- Run time must be 1 to 10 minutes, including credits.
- Multiple films may be entered.
- No copyrighted media (music, images, scripts, etc.) are permitted.
There are 5 Judges Awards: The Innovation Award, Best Documentary, Best Narrative, Best Mental Health/Suicide Prevention P.S.A, and Best Experimental Film.
Judging Criteria and Prizes
Films are judged on: Creativity, Artistic/technical quality, Transformative power (my favorite!!!), Impact on audience, and their ability to inspire change.
What about prizes? Oh yeah…there are EXCELLENT prizes! Over $10,000 worth of cash prizes, internships with industry professionals, and work opportunities are awarded. Makes that Life Goals List seem a little more legit, doesn’t it??!!!
Tell me More!!!
OK…so how can you get involved? And why is a travel blogger even writing about the festival in the first place? So, between me and my husband we have four kids. One is still in his teens (barely). And to all the parents and grandparents out there who are reading this blog post: Sometimes it feels like you have to travel a jillion miles to find common ground with your teen. Not all the time. But some of the time.
The Big Why
I’m encouraging y’all to GO to The Pegasus Film Festival with the teen…or pre-teen…in your life. I think it’s VERY empowering for kids to see other kids doing something really cool. It’s cool to see teenagers accomplishing something MAJOR on their Life Goals List. Cool means supporting dreams!!!