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UPC brings student film festival to UNT

UPC brings student film festival to UNT

UPC brings student film festival to UNT
April 02
21:39 2014

Tricia Sims // Intern Writer

Room 34 at the Gateway Center will fill up for the UNT University Program Council’s first student film festival on April 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.

“All of our UNT students are really talented, so we wanted to give them the opportunity to show some of the hard work they have been doing,” said Katie Breedlove, UPC graduate assistant and education master’s student. “The community can learn and support them. Denton is kind of a homegrown area. We like local entertainment so this definitely a form of that.”

UPC received 23 film entries, ranging from 90 seconds to 15 minutes. At the festival, about 15 to 18 will films will be shown after the filmmakers spend a few minutes introducing their work. Students had three weeks to submit their entries online.

“We had some really great interest. We received more films than we can show, and that is good news,” Breedlove said. “There was some pretty stiff competition.”

Any subject was welcome and the film could have been made either this semester or last semester. The only requirement was for it to have a narrative, telling some kind of story.

“We have everything; we have documentaries, we have some horror, we have comedy, satire – we got one submitted after a popular T.V. show like the ‘mockumentary’ style,” Breedlove said. “We have a wide range of different things.”

Breedlove has been working with the Short Film Club president and RTVF senior Wesley Kirk on technicalities, like the format and promotion of the festival, creating the submission forms, and selecting the films. She said most of the students who submitted short films are in the club.

As of right now, UNT’s Advanced Film Screening and the Short Film Club Screening are the only opportunities for student films to be screened outside the classroom.

“I’m a fan of anything that helps high-quality student films get seen by more people. Short Film Club has wanted to put on a student film festival that shows more than just the films made with Short Film Club,” Kirk said. “I’m excited for the UPC Film Festival so that lots of great and entertaining short films from talented students can be seen on the big screen with a crowd of students.”

If the attendance is high for the festival, Breedlove said that UPC would consider doing this event again next year.

“It is kind of a different event. It’s not every day that you get to go a film festival,” Breedlove said. “You hear of all the big ones like Sundance,and we are getting to do our own little version here, and it will be really fun.”

Feature photo: UPC film festival student submissions poster. Graphic courtesy of UNT UPC Facebook page. 

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