Ever fancy shooting your own films? Maybe you’ve put a couple of shorts on YouTube, or had a script or a few sketched-out ideas down that never went anywhere, now gathering dust in a forgotten drawer or folder on your hard drive. To any and all aspiring student filmmakers, if you’re willing to break out those old screenplays, check out a camera or two, and see what happens, the University of Illinois’s student-run film festival, Illinifest, is looking for you.
Illinifest has extended its deadline for film submissions until 11:59 p.m. on April 10. Anyone studying or recently graduated from Illinois is encouraged to send movies exceeding one minute in length in to this Google form or the festival’s email address, email@example.com.
After the Illinifest committee evaluates all of the submissions, the winners will be featured at the student-run film festival May 3, at the Lincoln Hall Theater. The festival will be offering cash prizes to the top winners, and will be free for anyone, student or community member, to attend.
This is Illinifest’s third year running, and it is organized completely by the students in Media and Cinema Studies 464 – Film Festivals. There are no specific requirements for genre or style, as press relations committee member Bailey Hicks notes, filmmakers of all abilities and levels of technical knowledge are encouraged to submit.
“Sometimes film can seem impenetrable and only reserved for the talented elite, but that isn’t the case with Illinifest,” Hicks said. “Whether you’re an amateur filmmaker who made a short for a 100-level MACS class or you’re an accomplished auteur, we want everyone to feel comfortable submitting to Illinifest.”
The festival plans on showcasing 10-20 student-made movies, and is planning on having 70 attendees. To students that have films ready or are considering submitting, Hicks advises them to “absolutely go for it.”
“We really want to promote cinema as a powerful and accessible form of expression, and foster that culture within undergraduates and recent grads in Illinois,” Hicks said.