Pegasus Film Festival Continues in All-Virtual Format
Sixth Annual Event Kicks off Saturday, May 22, 2021
As the pandemic continues, Pegasus Film Festival has continued its focus on maintaining a creative outlet for high school students.
Now in its sixth year, the Pegasus Film Festival, as a part of the newly formed Pegasus Media Project by educators and professional filmmakers, Niloo Jalilvand and Glenys Quick, is open to students (from kindergarten through graduating high school seniors) around the globe. The festival will be held online via Falcon Events (FalconEvents.com) Sat., May 22. No matter where the students and their family and friends live, they will be able to view their work along with their peers.
An organization run by students, for students, Pegasus Film Festival has also continued its partnership with FilmFreeway, a platform for filmmakers to submit their creations to established and trusted festivals around the world.
“As someone who has participated in Pegasus since my sophomore year and is now about to graduate, I can honestly say that each year has taught me valuable lessons that I will never forget,” said Festival Director, Daviah Harrison. “It has been an honor to watch Pegasus grow, and I can’t wait to see what this year will bring.”
A Creative Outlet for Teens
The pandemic, says Harrison, has allowed students to dig deep into their art and learn new things about themselves. And casting a wider, international net – a change the team made last year – means the festival will be bigger than ever, with a wider range of submissions.
Also, as the planning team quickly pivoted to a virtual format in 2020 amid COVID-19 concerns, they are applying what they learned to their sixth-annual event. “Last year was a surprise to all of us, and switching to an online festival was not easy,” said Harrison. “But, this year we are prepared and excited to connect with people everywhere.”
Deadline Extension and Submission Categories
The Pegasus team hopes to foster a positive and enjoyable digital experience for all that will lift the spirits of home-bound creatives. The festival’s submission categories include:
Support for Pegasus Film Festival
Funds raised by the Festival go beyond the costs of hosting the event and awarding prizes to festival winners. Contributions go to creating an exceptional experience that will strengthen Dallas’ youth film community. Sponsors provide the means to bridge the gap between student filmmakers’ inspirations and their finished productions. They serve to give education and confidence that inspires young filmmakers in need to to continue to pursue their fervor for this complex and rewarding art form.
“Even online events have their own individual costs, so any contribution made will be used well to support our cause,” said Harrison. “Sponsorship packages provide benefits like the ability to promote your company, free passes to the event and participating as part of the judges’ panel.”
Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. For more on the Pegasus Film Festival, visit PegasusFilmFestival.com/Donate.
About Pegasus Film Festival
Apart of the newly formed Pegasus Media Project (PegasusMediaProject.com) by educators and professional filmmakers, Niloo Jalilvand and Glenys Quick, the Pegasus Film Festival has been in action since 2015 when festival founder, Jalilvand ,realized a need for student exposure in the arts. Being a teacher at an art school, she wanted to shed more light on the creative artists she was around daily. Pegasus is giving young filmmakers the chance to present their art to a virtual audience and judges.
This year’s leadership team is composed of dedicated and creative students from across the DFW Metroplex. Daviah Harrison, who attends Booker T. Washington HSPVA, is the 2021 Festival Director; Joel Camot, attending Alcuin School, is the Festival Producer; Lucy Roberts, attending The Hockaday School; is the Assistant Director, and Ariel White, from Plano West Senior High School; is the Social Media Coordinator. The team consists of members from Desoto High School, Young Women’s Leadership Academy and St Mark’s School of Texas.
This student-led festival has created many opportunities and will guide students to become great leaders in their careers