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ACU Home > Major Events > News > 2004 News Archive > ACU film competition provides opportunity for student film makers

ACU film competition provides opportunity for student film makers

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October 11, 2004

Production for the first-ever FilmFest at Abilene Christian University is underway, and students are taking advantage of the opportunity to compete and receive feedback from top movie industry professionals.

ACU's FilmFest is a film festival and iMovie competition. The competition is already underway, and the film premiere, where winners will be announced and the films will be debuted, is scheduled for Nov. 12.

"The competition is much more than picking up a video camera, shooting some shots and throwing it onto iMovie," said Doug Darby, multimedia coordinator at ACU and coordinator of FilmFest.

Each team creates a five to seven minute film using off-the-shelf technology based on a theme – light – and submits it in one of three categories: entertainment, information or inspirational.

About 85 students, working in more than 30 teams, are participating this year.

Awards will be given to the best producer, best director, best writer, best production designer, best technical director, best entertainment entry, best information entry, best inspirational entry and best overall entry.

Judges include ACU alumni and others with ties to ACU who are involved in the entertainment industry:

• ACU alumnus Nelson Coates, production designer for films including "Kiss the Girls" and "Runaway Jury"

• ACU alumnus Randy Brewer, Dove Award-winning producer and owner of Revolution Pictures

• ACU alumnus Bob Nutt, vice president and creative director of Zachry Associates

• ACU alumnus David Leeson, staff photographer for the Dallas Morning News and Pulitzer Prize winner

• Bill Hanson, national consulting engineer for Apple Computer specializing in digital media

• Rob Gibbs, story board artist for Pixar

• Larry Johnson, CEO for the New Media Consortium

"The goal was to have judges that represent a wide spectrum of experience," Darby said.

Darby is coordinating the event along with student co-chairs Lisa Phin, senior management major from Carrollton, and Matt Maxwell, sophomore electronic media major from Abilene. 

The award winners will be announced at the FilmFest premiere and awards night on Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre.

Tickets for the premiere night are on sale for $3. DVDs featuring all the entries will be on sale at the premiere for $10.


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, Director of Public Relations.

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