10th annual FilmFest raises the bar

Posted March 26, 2014

More than 700 guests packed the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Abilene on Friday, March 21, for the 10th annual ACU FilmFest Red Carpet Gala. Organizers say the 14 short films made by student teams from all academic disciplines displayed talent, creativity and hard work.

“We are extremely happy with the turnout and participation at FilmFest this year,” said senior Lucius Patenaude, co-chair of FilmFest. “Our team set goals to increase the number of submitted films and to pack out the Paramount. We achieved both of our goals.”

This year’s theme was Shift. The contest rules called for student-produced entries. The winners of each category were announced at the premiere.

Randy Brewer ('93),
Revolution Pictures

This year’s judges represented the major hot spots of movie production in the U.S.: Los Angeles, Calif., Nashville, Tenn., and Austin, Texas. Judges Randy Brewer (’93), Kris Young, Brent McCorkle, Will Bakke, Christina Johnson (’11) and Kari Hatfield critiqued each film. Before the gala, the judges spoke to ACU students about their careers in the film industry. On Saturday, March 22, the judges spoke to each student production team and offered film-specific feedback.

Watch the video of Randy Brewer offering advice to young professionals

Watch the film entries


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