FilmFest gala is March 31 at Paramount


Creativity will take center stage at ACU’s 13th annual FilmFest taking place March 31 at the Paramount Theatre, 325 Cypress St., in downtown Abilene. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m. with a gala ceremony beginning at 8 p.m.  

The theme for this year’s short film competition is “Rise,” and eight student groups have submitted films. The gala is a black-tie optional awards event where all ACU FilmFest student entries are shown in large format on screen at Abilene's Paramount Theatre. The best work as determined by our judges will be recognized with trophy presentations.

Judges from around the United States will evaluate each production based on the film’s quality as an individual work and the performance of students in production roles. To conclude the evening, awards will be presented for best picture, best director, best producer, best editing, best original score, best actor, best actress and audience favorite, in which audience members text a vote for their favorite film.

FilmFest is designed to give those interested in film production and motion picture and entertainment industries a creative outlet and a door into the industry through alumni and industry professionals who serve as judges for the event.

“This is the biggest opportunity for student filmmakers at ACU to create something substantial,” said Forrest Lorenzen, a senior multimedia major and co-chair of FilmFest. “You learn so much in the classroom, but on set is where you really learn to develop skills and tell a story, so FilmFest is a great motivation for students to gain experience.”

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more information, contact Tom Craig at