Tradition of celebrating emerging student filmmakers continues
What: Student Okanagan Film Festival
Who: UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
When: Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m.
Where: Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna
The Student Okanagan Film Festival, now in its fourth year, will screen short films from a wide range of genres including mini-documentary, experimental short films, music videos, animation and short narrative films.
In 2015, UBCO professors Michael V. Smith, Jessica Stites-Mor, Dan Keyes and Myron Campbell got together to organize the first iteration of this festival as a way to celebrate their students’ films in one screening. The idea quickly morphed into an idea to include films from any student in the Okanagan, including those in high school and other post-secondary institutions.
Campbell manages the organization of the event and screening of the films in the theatre. He also helps with setting the branding and design each year and coordinates student volunteers to help during the event.
“With the growing film and animation industry in the valley, the festival is a great way for potential employers to view up-and-coming talent,” says Campbell. “We are so proud of the work our students are doing so we created the event to share their films with our community and give them the opportunity to present their films on the big screen
A panel of jurors, consisting of faculty members and student volunteers, will narrow the selections to an hour of programming.
This year, the screening takes place at the Mary Irwin Theatre on April 29, starting at 7 p.m.
This event is open to the public. Admission is by donation and all proceeds go to programming for future film festivals.
About UBC’s Okanagan campus
UBC’s Okanagan campus is an innovative hub for research and learning in the heart of British Columbia’s stunning Okanagan Valley. Ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world, UBC is home to bold thinking and discoveries that make a difference. Established in 2005, the Okanagan campus combines a globally recognized UBC education with a tight-knit and entrepreneurial community that welcomes students and faculty from around the world.
To find out more, visit: ok.ubc.ca.