The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a red carpet reception followed by viewing of a photography exhibit that will be comprised of both student and instructor exhibits, said Katherine Ryan, president and founder of Ryan Film Institute.
The Film Fest also will include a viewing of a series of commercials, short films and documentaries created by students, followed by voting and an awards ceremony for each of the four categories.
The cost is $25 for adults and $17 for students at the door.
Ticket prices include a pizza and salad banquet as well as an ice cream sundae bar following the awards ceremony.
said that the students enjoy the Film Fest, now in its fourth year.
"They get to relax and show off their work and be recognized," she
"They worked very hard on these projects, and it's really wonderful that they are being recognized."
The idea behind the film institute came about for Ryan as she worked on her master's thesis at Mountain State University back in 2004.
conducted market research and tested a number of different art programs.
"The concept for the teen film projects was very positive," Ryan
In 2006, Ryan
developed the curriculum for the film institute and its workshops, which include a digital photography class, TV commercials workshop and a four-week short films and documentaries program.
The program is the only one of its kind in the state, Ryan
said, and attracts students from areas outside of the Eastern Panhandle including Maryland, Virginia and New York.
Mountain State University
offered up the space that now contains the film institute's workshop space at Martinsburg Mall.
The institute works closely with the university, which also provides equipment for educational use.
"It really works to have an educational facility behind us," Ryan
"We wouldn't be able to teach these teens without them and their very generous donation of teaching equipment and workshop space.
They are an excellent community supporter and resource."
said that the Film Fest is a great way to end the program for students, and it also provides an opportunity for friends, family and the community.
"There's lots of activities, lots of things to see," she
"What could be better on a Saturday night?"
Some of the future ideas in the works for the film institute are adult workshops and an after-school program.
Ryan Film Institute
provides scholarships through fundraising and donations.
"We want this to be available to anyone who is interested in filmmaking," Ryan
And the program is great for preparing students for a career in the industry.
Students have gone on to internships and other art programs or film schools, Ryan