Two contests give movie majors time in spotlight
Writer: Kellie Franson, Channels Contributor
December 18, 2003
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A new City College film festival, open to students only, will give students a chance to show their work as well as view what other students are doing in the film program.
January is a busy month for film students, with the first Santa Barbara City College Film Festival approaching on Jan. 23, as well as the Rosebud Digital Filmmakers Competition sponsored by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, beginning Jan. 30.
For the City College festival, students will be expected to submit a five-minute film, on mini DV tape by noon, Dec. 12, to Humanities 239. Applications are due early so selected faculty can pick out the 12-15 best films for the festival. Applications are available in Humanities 239.
The City College Film Festival will have no restriction when it comes to the material of the film.
“We’re not interesting on censoring anything, so work is going to be judged strictly on it’s merit,” said Mike Stinson, co-chair of the Film Studies department and film teacher.
The biggest obstacle Stinson expects to face is making sure everyone gets his or her application as well as work in by deadline.
“There is not a lot of time, so everyone needs to get their applications in quickly,” Stinson said.
The Film Festival will take place at 7 p.m., Jan. 23 at the BC Forum. The Rosebud Digital Filmmakers Competition sponsored by Santa Barbara International Film Festival will follow the International Film Festival. Applications for the competition are due at 5 p.m., Dec. 12 in Humanities 239. Applications are also available online at http://www.sbfilmfestival.org.
Students interested must submit a five-minute sample of his or her work on VHS or DVD. A selection committee with representatives from all participating schools and the SBIFF will select 10 filmmakers to participate in the Rosebud Digital Filmmakers Competition.
Once the 10 filmmakers have been chosen they will recruit their own filming team, and be given a short time period of 10 days to produce a 10-minute long film. “The idea is to really put the pressure on a limited time frame,” Stinson said.
A jury with members from all schools will determine the winner. The winning film will screen Feb. 8, at the Granada Theatre during the closing ceremony of the festival. This is a big opportunity for film students because important members of the film industry will be attending the closing ceremony, giving students a chance for recognition.
City College students have done remarkably well in the past. Last year three out of the four Rosebud participant groups from the College made it into the finals.