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First Annual WideScreen Film and Music Video Festival Kicks off at the AMC Aventura 24, in South Florida


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Aspiring filmmakers, artists, musicians and entertainment industry experts, from across the globe, will converge in Aventura, Florida on February 27, 2015,  for the start of the much anticipated First Annual WideScreen Film and Music Video Festival at the AMC Aventura 24 Theaters. The event is the brainchild of twenty-four year old, self-taught, Bahamian filmmaker, Jarrod Knowles and will run from February 27 through March 3, 2015. Knowles says it will be an,"Oscar-styled red carpet event," featuring expert workshops, screenings, parties, and an award show. Among the topics of the Festival's film workshops include, "How to Prepare For a Casting," "How to Create a Feature Film on a Low Budget," "Bringing a Legend Back to Live," "Creating a Masterpiece With Basic Tools," and "Short Film Distribution."

Filmmakers from South Florida to Switzerland, are among the artists who earlier this year submitted their films to the WideScreen Film & Music Video Festival for a chance to win bragging rights and the ultimate prizes: WideScreenFilm and Music Video’s Best Filmmaker Award as well as $500 cash. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s charity foundation Relay For Life. 

The Festival will also highlight young filmmakers and offer a Youth In Arts Awards for the best short film in the youth category. Among the nominees for the Youth in Arts Awards is 14-year-old Filmmaker Aaron Johnson. The Miami Native, also an Author and Motivational Speaker, has produced and directed 5 short films, including his nominated short "Lost," which is among those that will be screened at the Festival on Saturday, March 1st. 

"It's such an honor to be nominated for this award, said Johnson. Mr Knowles is providing an amazing platform for young aspiring Filmmakers like myself who are serious about our craft. I am really excited to be participating," he added.

Knowles, The President and Founder of the First Annual WideScreen Film and Music Video Festival, studied Information Technology with Liberal Studies at Florida International University. It was there that his life took an interesting curve into filmmaking. He completed his first film, "What Lies Beyond...The Beginning" in 2012  and had a red carpet premiere in Florida in 2013.

"My whole mission behind this Festival is to give other filmmakers and artists the ability to shine, said Knowles. There is nothing like seeing your film on the big screen, where it is meant to be seen, and helping to make a person's dream come true," he said.

The event is sponsored by TheBahamasWeekly.com, a Bahamian and Canadian based news and events website.

Jarrod was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. Having never attended formal film school he said he was simply driven by his vision and thrived off of the enthusiasm and knowledge of his cast and crew. 

"Knowles is a talented young filmmaker with a bright future," said Craig Woods, Bahamas Film Commissioner. "With consistent work and focus, his career as a filmmaker can only go to greater heights. Keep your eyes on the prize, Jarrod," said Woods.

For more information on the WideScreen Film & Music Video Festival visit: www.widescreenfest.com

Watch Jarrod Knowles speak about the event in this VIDEO

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