Volume 95, Issue 84

Wednesday, March 13, 2002
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Student filmmakers get festive

By Mark Polishuk
Gazette Staff

If your idea of a great short film is Hans Moleman's Man Getting Hit By Football, it may be time to expand your horizons.

The 2002 UWO Film Festival will be held this Saturday at Rainbow Cinemas in the Galleria Mall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is $5. The after party and awards ceremony will follow at the Elephant & Castle restaurant, with $3,000 in prize money being split among the top four films and the best entry from a student making their festival debut.

The prizes, however, are a secondary consideration for third-year combined film and media, information and technoculture student Matt Huether. "It's a really good forum for your film to be shown in an academic setting," Huether said, whose film The Other Brother is his second festival entry.

Other students are using the festival setting to experiment with other facets of the filmmaking experience. Third-year film student David Mewa has advertised his movie Supremo Logic with a campus wide promotional campaign involving t-shirts, posters, a website and business cards. "It was our little challenge to see if we could produce professional quality hype over my little twelve-and-a-half-minute film festival entry," Mewa said.

Western English professor Allan Gedalof has been a judge since the festival was founded and attributes a general rise in quality to both technological improvements and added maturity on the part of the directors.

"The first years saw a lot of shoot' em-ups – movies about drinking and smoking with your buddies. Now we're seeing much more varied themes and ideas," Gedalof said.

"[Audiences can] expect to be really challenged by the films. You'll see people take chances that you wouldn't see in commercial cinema because [the directors] aren't trying to sell you anything," he added.

About 50 entries are expected this year, with the field trimmed down to 15 by a selection committee made up of Western students, including festival chairwomen Tracy Pederson and Maureen McGoey.

The 15 pictures will be "the best of the best," according to McGoey. Each film is judged according to the director's use of sound, editing, composition of frame, originality and overall impression.

These top 15 pictures will move on to the official festival screening, where they will be judged by a six person panel of professors from the film, history and visual arts faculties, as well as a writer from Scene magazine.

The entries that are not selected for the festival will be shown as part of a screening by the Western Undergraduate Film Society later this month.

"Who knows? You might be able to look back someday and say that you saw so-and-so's first films back in university, since some of these people are going to go on to have great careers in the film industry," Gedalof says.

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