LATC Director and Creative Consultant, Kate Lyra served as jury President of the VII International Student Film Festival in Barra do Piraí, in Rio de Janeiro State, from May 15 to 21.

Since 2009, the Festival’s aim has been to broaden the means of expression of the adolescent universe through images and stories. The Festival consists of Local, National and International screening sessions, offering a platform for exchange of ideas among young film directors the world over, as well as promoting reflections on the content of the films produced. The Festival includes a variety of activities such as the project “Light, Camera, Education!” which consists of workshops on audiovisual content production in public and private schools in Barra do Piraí, aimed at 6th year students in elementary level and 3rd year students in intermediate levels.

“It’s a privilege to have had the opportunity to participate in this festival since its first edition.  The Festival reflects the enormous work of the schools in the Barra do Piraí area and is a project which promotes cultural participation, develops individual skills, improves the quality of education and promotes the expression of cultural diversity. Robeto Monzo, one of the creators of the project, is a true “warrior” who, together with the teachers and students, made this project a reality. This year, as President of the Jury, I was once again blessed with the opportunity to see up close the results of these efforts,” declared Kate Lyra.

The other jury members included: Hsu Chien Hsin, prize-winning director and screenwriter; Rodrigo Rodrigues, actor, director and producer based in London; and the Italians Matteo D’arienzo, Carmine Tedesco and Alessandro Costantino, jury members of the Giffoni Film Festival, the world’s largest youth-oriented  film festival.

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