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ACU Home > Major Events > News > 2004 News Archive > ACU FilmFest to showcase student films Friday at Paramount

ACU FilmFest to showcase student films Friday at Paramount

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Nov. 11, 2004

The first-ever FilmFest at Abilene Christian University will premiere Friday at the Paramount Theatre at 6:30 p.m.

ACU's FilmFest is a film festival and iMovie competition, and at Friday's premiere, winners will be announced, and the 20 competing films will be debuted.

Each of the 20 teams created a five to seven minute film using off-the-shelf technology based on the theme of “light” and submitted it in one of three categories: entertainment, information or inspirational.

"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.

About 86 students participated 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. 

DVDs featuring all the entries will be on sale at the premiere for $10.

In addition, there will be an informal Entertainment and Visual Media Symposium in the ACU Campus Center Living Room from 11:30 am - 1 p..m on Saturday, Nov. 13.  The symposium will give students, faculty and the general public the opportunity to interact with professionals in the entertainment and media industry. The participants tentatively scheduled to attend include Gibbs, Brewer, Coates and Bob Bartlett, managing editor and anchor for KTAB-TV.

Tickets for the FilmFest premiere ($3) and for the symposium ($10) can be purchased at the ticket window in the Campus Center from 10-11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. through Friday.  For more information contact Darby at 674-2981.


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

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