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CHILDREN TO GET INSIDERS' LOOK AT FILM FESTIVAL FILM FESTIVAL FIELD TRIP SET.

Byline: Sharon Cotal Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA - Children attending the sixth annual Santa Clarita International Film Festival will meet a child actress of one of the films, a multi-talented makeup artist and will be treated to four short films selected by the local PTAs.

It's all part of SCIFF's Educational Outreach Program and this year promises to be the best ever in terms of the quality of the films, the personal appearances and the educational workshops being offered to local high school students for the first time, said Deborah Hofstedt, the festival's director of youth programs.

More than 1,400 fifth- and sixth-graders from across the valley will be bused to the Edwards Cinema in Valencia March 13-16. They will be greeted at the door by special creature and makeup effects artist Todd Tucker, dressed as ``Wolvy,'' a character he created for one of the films.

Tucker, who has worked on such films as ``Mask,'' and ``Stuart Little,'' also will demonstrate his style of creature makeup in workshops March 14 at Canyon High School and March 15 at Hart High.

Fifth-grade child actress Janelle Ginestra will be on hand at the festival to

meet the children and talk about the short film, ``A Mile In My Shoes,'' which stars Janelle and was filmed locally. It tells the story of an Oklahoma family who migrates to California during the Dust Bowl period in the 1930s.

``It's a beautiful, heartwarming film, and we chose it because it immerses children in a slice of California history,'' Hofstedt said. ``Janelle does a great job and gives a very natural performance.

``I think it will be a real treat for the students to meet Janelle and be able to hear directly from her what it's like for someone their own age to act in a film.''

In addition to ``Wolvy'' and ``A Mile In My Shoes,'' the kids will see ``What's in Heidi's Head,'' a five-minute short film that takes viewers on a trip through Heidi's mixed-media world, and ``The Ghosts of Dickens Past,'' which shows what some children's lives were like during the Victorian era and may help the children appreciate the advantages that they have today, Hofstedt said.

Santa Clarita schoolchildren are not the only kids who will have an opportunity to attend the festival.

Thirty inner-city children will ride the Metrolink train from Los Angeles on Saturday as part of the TransitPeople program, a nonprofit organization that arranges weekend trips for disadvantaged kids, using public transportation.

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