9:15pm | The YMCA of Greater Long Beach Community Development Branch will host its 11th annual YMCA Youth Institute Film Festival on Saturday Aug. 6, during which graduation ceremonies for all participants in this year’s institutes will also be held.

The event is slated for Saturday, Aug. 6, in the theater at Scottish Right Hall, 855 Elm St. 

Teens who participated in the Long Beach High School Youth Institute and the Stephens Middle School Youth Institute this summer trained for seven weeks with the latest technology in developing short films, websites and a teen magazine, all of which will be showcased during the festival.
More than 20 short films made by the Long Beach teenagers will be presented. Organizers from the YMCA described the event as Southern California’s largest youth film festival, with more than 400 people expected to attend.

The training the teens received as part of the institute is beneficial to both their educational and workforce pursuits, according to information provided by Ron Ung, a logistics coordinator at the YMCA of Greater Long Beach.

The event on Aug. 6 will run from noon to 8:30 p.m., with the middle school students scheduled from noon to 3:30 p.m. and the high school students from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Ung at [email protected] or by calling 562-624-5467.