Belton -- Emma Rose Gill shot her first short film on her mother's iPad in January. Now nine months later, she's an award winning director who has just held her first film festival. Gill also now shoots on a DSLR camera.
After a few short films, Gill entered a 3-minute piece called Desperate and Depressed about a girl struggling with bulimia. She entered it in the Austin Youth Film Festival and received the Standing Ovation Mental Health Award - one of just 15 awards given out.
Gill also started a film club in Temple and helps teach film classes in Copperas Cove. Once she got connected with other young film makers, Gill decided to ask the Grand Avenue Theater in Belton if she could use a auditorium for a film festival.
Finally, on Saturday, Emma Rose Gill got to open her First Annual Rainbow Rose Film Festival with live music and 23 sort films including the work of other young directors as well as her own. Work that she hopes to continue.
"Whether it's the person watching that film or the person the film is about, I want it to help somebody. So I make them about god's love or believing in yourself," Gill said. "Each time I make a film I can see myself getting better and better. I love it and I don't want to give up."
Gill has also entered a national youth film competition where the winners get to speak at the White House. She hopes to hold more film festivals in the future.
Gill's films can be seen on her YouTube channel.