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Voice of Vashon announces its second annual short-film competition

Voice of Vashon is hosting its second annual film contest for Islanders, this time exploring the concept of “insider/outsider,” according to the all-volunteer organization.

RockFlicks, as VoV is calling the competition, is a short-film competition judged by age groups — with one category for those under 18 and another category for those 18 and over. It’s open to people of all ages and experience levels.

“We were delighted with the number of young people who submitted work last year. We hope this contest continues to be an annual event and gives Vashon videographers a local venue for their work to be seen and appreciated,” said Lindsay Aickin, who is coordinating the contest with Jean Bosch.

Aickin and Bosch said they believe the theme they’ve developed will be stimulating to filmmakers, enabling them to pursue issues with wide-ranging implications. The theme “insider/outsider,” they added, will likely resonate with Islanders and present filmmakers with an opportunity to explore not only Island issues but also those that underlie conflict around the world.

Entries must be five minutes or less and submitted in DVD format. Vashon film professionals will determine a winner in each of  the two age categories, both of whom will receive a $100 prize. In May, the community can vote for the “people’s choice” in the two age categories on the VoV website. The Vashon Theatre will show all four winning films; they’ll also be aired on Channel 21.

The sponsors of RockFlicks are Voice of Vashon, Welcome Vashon, Vashon Healthy Communities Network, Vashon Theatre and 4Culture.

The submission deadline is May 4. For more information, visit or call Aickin at 877-2631 or Bosch at 919-5223.


Two professional videographers will offer a course called “Elements of Video Production,” geared toward anyone interested in learning how to create a quality video  — whether for business, home or professional development. Richard Montague and James Culbertson will discuss camera staging, lighting, shot planning, post-production and other issues. Those who take the class are encouraged to submit their work in VoV’s “RockFlicks.” The class, $125 per person, takes place on from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, from Feb. 27 to April 2, at the VoV studio. Registration information is available at the Vashon Park District’s website,


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