Westport Youth Film Festival Fund raiser on tap at Eileen Fisher
On Saturday, Oct. 16, Eileen Fisher on Main Street in Westport will become a hub for high school filmmakers and volunteers of the Westport Youth Film Festival (WYFF). The store will be screening the "Best of WYFF" films throughout the day, and 10 percent of the day's sales will go directly to the festival.
From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. , Eileen Fisher will host a special reception where the newly appointed WYFF Teen Board Members will be introduced to the community. These talented teens will be the driving force of the festival this year and will help with everything from fund raising to event planning. WYFF Youth Director, Matt Kalmans, and Coordinator, Kate Lupo, will be at the event to introduce the new leadership team.
Refreshments will be served and shoppers will receive a $25 discount on their purchases during the hour.
Eileen Fisher store manager, Donna Soszynski, is excited to host the event. Soszynski said, "We at Eileen Fisher in Westport are so happy to support WYFF and the local community of aspiring teen filmmakers." She also commented that supporting creativity in youth, particularly women, is an important part of the mission of Eileen Fisher.
This year, WYFF plans to expand its year-round programming with panel discussions, screenings and events to connect and create meaningful relationships between WYFF students, film industry professionals, and film teachers from the Fairfield County and beyond.
WYFF's kick off Pizza Party event was held at the Westport Arts Center on Sept. 28, and attracted a large and diverse audience of over 50 teens and community members from Fairfield County. Students from Staples High School , Weston High School , Fairfield Ludlowe High School and Bridge Academy attended the event. Westport Arts Center board members Eileen O'Brien and Gary Cosgrave were in attendance, as well as WYFF Advisory Committee members Debra Somerville, a professional photographer, Andrew Karpen, president of Focus Features, Dennis Wong of Westport Sunrise Rotary, Dave Eger, videography teacher at Weston High School and Chris Casey, founder of WYFF.
Teens and community members enthusiastically discussed film over slices of pizza, donated by Westport Pizzeria. They then assembled to listen to a presentation about Kalmans, a senior at Weston High School, and Lupo, an employee of the Westport Arts Center. At the end, WYFF founder, Chris Casey, unveiled the new WYFF Promo Video, which can be found on WYFF's website: www.wyff.net under "Media." Jordana Koffsky, a Weston High School student and anchor of Weston High School 's Trojan Television, wrote in a Facebook post: "I had so much fun tonight! It went so well, and the turnout was awesome! I'm so excited for WYFF this year!"
WYFF is a program of the Westport Arts Center and is generously supported by Newman's Own, the Broadcast Film Critics Association and local businesses throughout Fairfield County .
For more information on WYFF and other upcoming events, visit www.wyff.net.