Annual film festival approaching quickly
Lee University will present its ninth annual film festival, a one-day event on Friday, Feb. 24, in the Dixon Center.
This festival provides a platform for students to showcase their work since its commencement in 2009.
The goal of the festival is to provide exposure for Lee’s up-and-coming filmmakers and bring awareness to the Communication Department’s digital media emphasis.
Esther “Mannah" Berg is the secretary of the house committee for the Student Leadership Council and is involved in putting on the festival. She said this year, they hope to raise the standard of excellence in the festival.
“[There will be] a better award, fiercer competition, and even higher quality films.,” said Berg.
The winning film, according to Berg, will be selected by judges and will be submitted to other film festivals nationwide, with only the best submissions being shown the night of the festival.
The host of the film festival will be Tyler Langford, a former Shenanigans member and current comedian.
“We also have several panels lined up for that afternoon in which students can hear from Lee alumni who have found success in the film industry,” Berg said.
Berg expressed her excitement at getting to work on the festival.
“The Film Society, the Student Leadership Council, and the Communication Arts Department have been working on this for months. I cannot wait for the films to be shown,” said Berg.
According to the website, following the screening of the films, a reception will be held with refreshments and an opportunity to meet and speak with the directors and writers of each film shown.
After the reception, the “Faculty’s Choice” and “Audience’s Choice” will be announced and awarded.
“[Langford] is sure to fill the evening with laughter, and the formal attire and sophisticated nature of the event make it unique from any other free event on campus,” according Berg.
“I think it’s a really cool event and I’m excited for it,” said Dustin Troyer, a theater major at Lee. “It gives a good opportunity for actors and creators.”
Berg said that students can expect to view some truly excellent films and meet Lee's most talented filmmakers.
Sunday, Feb. 5 is the final date for submission in the festival. All submissions should be accompanied by a submission form and emailed to email@example.com no later than 12:00 am. For further instructions for submission, visit leeufilmfestival.com.