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The 19th annual Righetti Film Festival will allow the public to see what award-winning flicks high school students are capable of making.

The community tradition kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday (May 13th) and Saturday (May 14th) inside the gym on campus, 941 East Foster Road. The student-produced movies include documentaries, love stories, comedies, adventures and much more.

Students organized and will operate the entire event. The film-making process involved screen plays, sharing ideas and specialized video and computer work.

“They do it all,’’ said teacher Robert Garcia. “They learned about commitment, deadlines, creativity, how to work with others and many other useful skills.’’

The festival will also feature movie tickets, popcorn, pizza, baked goods and soft drinks - thanks to parents and local businesses. Prizes and awards are part of the fun too.

Awards are given in several categories including best director, editor, cinematography, screenplay, best show, audience choice and teacher’s choice.

Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for non-students. There is plenty of parking.

The event is a fundraiser for student scholarships.

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