The Westport Youth Film Festival's board of directors spent the weekend of March 20 at the Weston Public Library selecting 50 from over 200 high school student films from around the world as best entries for the annual event's Official Festival Selection.

This year, seven of the accepted submissions are international youth filmmakers from Switzerland, Israel, Norway and Denmark, while 16 entries are from filmmakers from Bridgeport, Greenwich, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Weston and Westport.

The local films will be entered into a special Connecticut category, in addition to their genre category. A panel of judges will spend April selecting winners in the categories of drama, comedy, social action, documentary, experimental, animation, music video, and "Best in Connecticut."

The Westport Youth Film Festival, a program of the Westport Arts Center, is the only film festival in the world produced by teens and featuring films made by teens. Every year, WYFF produces a day-long film festival that features high school student films from around the world, as well as panel discussions, workshops, filmmaker roundtables, music and more.

This year's WYFF will take place on May 14 at the Fairfield Community Theatre and satellite venues throughout downtown Fairfield.

Early bird tickets for WYFF 2011 will go on sale April 8.

For information about WYFF, visit www.wyff.net, or call WYFF Program Director Kate Lupo at 203-222-7070 or by email at admin@westportyouthfilmfest.org.