The Oneota Film Festival is offering a series of after-school workshops in Decorah beginning Tuesday, Oct. 16, to introduce area middle school and senior high school students to the basic principles of making films.

This 10-week seminar will help students learn to create, produce and edit their own films. The films will be screened at the Oneota Film Festival in Decorah Jan. 18-20, 2013.

The purpose of the student "micro-film" seminar is to teach area students the critical, technical and artistic development of film production. Topics include film appreciation, filmmaking models, fiction and non-fiction film development, screenwriting, image design, picture and sound editing and film distribution.

The seminar will be taught by Luther College and University of Iowa film graduate Cade Loven of Decorah.

"The Oneota Film Board is excited to offer this new component of the Festival," Director Kate Scott said. "Filmmaking is creative and fun. We think students will find this seminar a great opportunity to learn a new form of expression and become familiar with the basic techniques to do so with confidence."

Loven, B.A. from Luther '10 in business management and B.A. from the University of Iowa '12 in cinema, has film production experience in development, shooting and editing.

"When I saw what Cade brought to the table, I thought this the perfect opportunity to share his filmmaking experience with students in Decorah," said Kyrl Henderson, OFF board president. "Students will relate to Cade, and we look forward to extending the film festival into a broader community."

Starting Oct.16, the seminar meets Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for lecture/discussion and technical instruction. Lab hours are Saturdays starting Nov. 17, between 1-3 p.m. The seminar will accept a maximum of 15 students.

The 10-week seminar is free of charge. Students are encouraged to bring their own video equipment. Other equipment and software will be made available by the seminar. Seminar students will learn from Final Cut Pro and iMovie editing software.

The seminar is being underwritten by the Oneota Film Festival and select sponsors.

For more information and details on how to apply, students should contact Seminar Director Cade Loven at 563-387-0581 or loveca01@luther.edu. An application form also will be posted at oneotafilmfestival.org in October.

Oneota Film Festival (OFF) is a non-profit corporation formed by local film enthusiasts, representatives of Luther College and Decorah Public Library. It is presented and hosted by Luther College. It operates as a charitable non-profit under a fiscal agency agreement with the Driftless Art Collective.