South Carolina’s first high school film festival set for April in Blythewood

BLYTHEWOOD, SC – Doko Film Fest, the first competitive event showcasing the work of filmmakers ages 15 to 18, will have its inaugural event here April 26 and 27.

The festival gives high school-aged film producers the chance to show their films to a live audience, attend master classes led by professional filmmakers, and have their work judged by industry professionals.

Here’s the schedule:
• Friday, April 26, 7 to 9:30 p.m. – First-night reception with local Oscar winner Michelle Eisenreich, a silent auction (items include a knife signed by James Jude Courtney, a.k.a. Michael Myers of “Halloween”), jazz music, drinks (for adults) and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Held at Doko Manor, 100 Alvina Hagood Circle in Blythewood.
• Saturday, April 27, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Screenings of best-in-category films made entirely by high-schoolers from across the South East at Westwood High School, 150 Turkey Farm Road. Throughout the day, there will be master classes held by Eisenreich and other video professionals on tips and tricks needed to produce a winning and engaging film. There will also be representatives from the University of South Carolina and Savannah College of Art and Design showcasing their media arts and film courses.
• 5:30 p.m. – Prizes awarded in categories, as well as Best Festival Film. Categories include Short Story, Documentary, Music Video, Comedy, Animation and Pocket Studio (made entirely on smart phone). At Westwood High School.
• 6 to 9 p.m. – Round out a day full of fun with a rock concert in the park of Doko Manor.

Tickets are available through the website, Join us for a celebration dedicated to developing the skills, knowledge and confidence of young filmmakers in South Carolina and beyond.

About Doko Film Fest
Doko Film Fest gives South Carolina high school-aged filmmakers a showcase for their visual storytelling. Its mission is to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence of young filmmakers and provide them an outlet for their creativity. The festival hopes to promote South Carolina as a hub for young filmmaking talent and create a network event that allows young artists to meet peers and professionals as they explore college-level courses in media arts. Doko Film Fest was created by business educator and documentary filmmaker Ray Smith in partnership with Bravo Blythewood, a nonprofit dedicated to promotion of the arts in the area. To learn more about participating, attending or becoming a sponsor, please visit

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