A Rosebud teenager is making waves in the youth film festival community.

16-year-old Weston Snider and his short film Dichrome has made international success on the youth film festival circuit.

Snider explained that the production, filmed entirely in Rosebud, was one of his first serious attempts at film making.

“The actual logline of the film is a young man that is trying to escape the problems in his own life, encounters someone who can see things that others can’t. That is the short of it, but it is actually about an encounter of two different people who live right next to each other, but have very different lives.”

The young filmmaker entered his film into any youth film festival he qualified for and has seen great success. Some of his top awards include the best youth film at the Swindon Film Festival in the United Kingdom, film of the year at the Stardance Youth Film Festival based in Los Angeles, best youth film award at the Central Film Festival in the US, and second place in the UFA Youth Short Film Festival in Russia.

“I have been selected into far more film festivals and I have lost more than I have won, but sometimes it is my day, and sometimes it's not. It is pretty exciting and empowering to show myself that I’m actually really good at this, and I love it, and it keeps me creating.”

Snider tributes the courage to produce a film like this to the creative community he grew up in. The home of the Rosebud Dinner Theatre, and the Rosebud School of the Arts in Rosebud, Alberta.

“Growing up in an arts community, it has given me a really good understanding of story, and even just storytelling, and why we tell stories. So many actors live there, several people are in the film and helped me create the film as well as that environment helped me have the courage to want to make a short film. I think if I grew up somewhere else, I probably wouldn’t be making short films, certainly not this young, at least.”

As for his future, Snider definitely sees film in it, whether as a hobby or as a career.

“A couple of years ago, I started getting more serious about it, seeing it as more of a career path possibly. I hope to go as far as I can with it. I’m continuing to do some writing right now for future projects. My hope is to be at a point where I graduate high school in the next few years and be at a place where I don’t need film school. Certainly, I’m hoping to have this as my career. It is what I love to do.”