UWO Film Festival coming to Rainbow Cinemas

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Oscar fever is over for another year, but that doesn’t mean film buffs in London should be shedding any tears. On March 6 and 7, the ninth annual UWO Film Festival is coming to Rainbow Cinemas in the Galleria Mall.

Jennifer Neil, co-director of the festival alongside Kelsey Haas, says she is excited about how the festival provides an opportunity for student films to “be shown from all over Western’s campus, not just from film studies.” She also noted that this year, films by Fanshawe College students will also be shown.

“Obviously we can’t show everything that’s submitted,” Neil says. “We only have a two hour block to show films at the cinema both nights.”

As such, a process of “pre-selection” will be necessary to determine which films will be shown at the festival. Anyone who’s interested is welcome to take part in the pre-selection tomorrow from 1 to 5 p.m. in University College Rm. 84.

According to Neil, all submissions are generally short films ranging in length from a few seconds up to 15 minutes.

“There’s anything from narrative [films] to more esoteric ‘filmy,’ film student-type things.”

“A five judge panel will be sitting in on the films and determining the winner,” she adds.

The first prize winner will receive $500, while the second and third place finishers will get $300 and $150, respectively.

The Western Undergraduate Film Society is presenting the event, which begins at 6 p.m. both nights.

Today is the last day to submit a film for the festival. Entries can be submitted to UC Rm. 74 or Rm. 80 or via e-mail to filmfest.2009@gmail.com.

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