In the ninth grade, Jesse Budd got a camcorder from Santa Claus and became a self-taught filmmaker.”I started getting into editing and special effects, and then I decided that story telling was my real passion,” Budd said.The Utah State University student originally from Riverton, Utah, has been reading about filmmaking and keeping a blog of potential ideas ever since, hoping to put them into use one day.With 2012 being the first annual Logan Film Festival, Budd knew this was his chance to show one of his films to the public. He has entered a sitcom film, “Club House Rules.”Gary Saxton, Logan Downtown Alliance director, said the festival is a joining of the previous Fringe Festival, put on by USU, and the Logan Real 2 Reel Film Festival. The Downtown Alliance, in partnership with USU’s Caine College of the Arts, will spearhead the event under the guidance of the Utah Film Commission.The new organization is nonprofit with the goal not only bringing filmmakers and films to Cache Valley, but to be an annual event for the community.”We believe this could be one of the best events of the year,” Saxton said. “While there are film festivals in Salt Lake, Park City and St. George, Cache Valley gets left out as not only a place to show films, but a place for films to be made. We want people worldwide to think of Cache Valley as a beautiful backdrop for filming.”There are not yet projections for how much money or publicity the event will bring to Cache Valley because previous events have had a local emphasis, but this festival is open to submissions from around the world, Saxton said. Several entries are already in, including one from Iran.The money the event brings will be tracked with the help of the Cache Valley Visitor’s Bureau, but all business aside, locals are excited to bring more of the arts to their front door as well as showcase their own works to the world.Budd said, “When I start making a movie, I want people to see it because I spend so much time working on it. I want to see what it looks like on film and show it off and make people laugh. This festival is giving me that opportunity.”Film entries will be accepted through April 7 in six categories: feature narratives, student, short short narratives, feature documentaries, short documentaries and other category. Films must have been complete after March 2009. Cash awards will be given to the best film in each category.Independent films that are chosen from the entries will be screened April 20 – 21, in local venues, including the Lyric Theatre, the Dansante Theatre, and the Logan Arthouse Theatre. Films will be chosen by a professional jury, Saxton said.Entries can be sent by mail or electronically. More information on submissions can be found at loganfilmfestival.com.- firstname.lastname@example.org
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