The Georgia State University Student Film Festival is an annual showcase of the films written, produced and directed by current film and media majors and MA production students. The goal is to highlight the best and brightest creative offerings produced during that academic year.
All submitted student films are screened at One Park Place Theatre. A screening committee of film and media professors will select a program of films from all submitted work, and those films will be screened at the Plaza Theatre the last day of the festival and honored during the annual awards ceremony.
The Georgia State University Student Film Festival was created by Professor Daniel Robin, film maker and production faculty member in the School of Film, Media and Theatre.
Daniel Robin’s film, “my olympic summer,” won the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Jury Prize for Short Filmmaking. The film also won the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at the Florida Film Festival, Best Documentary Short at the Nashville Film Festival, Director’s Choice Award at the Black Maria Film Festival, and the Onda Curta Award at IndieLisboa Film Festival. The film was also selected to screen at New Directors/New Films Festival in New York. His 2017 experimental documentary film, All The Leaves Are Brown, won the Best Director Award at the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, Best Short Documentary at Sidewalk Film Festival, and Jury Award for Personal Vision at the Oxford Film Festival. The film also screened at: Curtas Vila Do Conde (Portugal), Minimalen Film Festival (Norway), EDOC (Ecuador), Analogica (Italy) among other festivals. Two of his previous films screened at Sundance, and other films have screened at: SXSW Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and festivals in Bogota, Cartagena, Abu Dhabi, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Spain, Philadelphia, London, Atlanta, and elsewhere.
Filmmaker magazine named Robin one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Robin is an innovative online artist, having pioneered documentary web series in 2000, with 6 episodic web series available at his website www.neighborhoodfilms.com. Daniel has been invited to present web video work at the Amsterdam Worldwide Video Festival and elsewhere. His projects have received support from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Apple Computers, the Fleishbacker Foundation, and the Film Arts Foundation.
As Robin puts it: “My film/video work is primarily made for two distinct exhibition venues: film festivals and the Internet (web series). My films are personal and, for the most part, are conversations about my relationships with family and American Jewish identity. While the majority of my filmmaking can be read within a documentary framework, I’m more inclined not to use labels to categorize my work. I have a great reverence and appreciation for narrative cinema and have incorporated some fictional devices in my more recent films. I use narrative strategies both as a means to critique how we consume documentaries and, in some sense, as a way to liberate my work from the constraints of conventional non-fiction storytelling. The most important aspect of filmmaking, for me, is to arrive at an emotional truth that resonates with the viewer. I began making web series at my site www.neighborhoodfilms.com in 2000. My first series, the valet chronicles, set the thematic standard for each new series, my relationship with a specific neighborhood, and or community. My work here maintains an aesthetic and tonal consistency that aligns itself with familiar tropes of documentary practice, yet I consider these web series an extension of my personal filmmaking.”
The deadline to submit films for the 2019 GSU Student Film Festival is Thursday, May 2nd at 4:00 pm. Only films made in GSU Production Courses from the 2018 Maymester/Summer/Fall semesters and 2019 Spring semester will be accepted.
* Students graduating in Fall 18 may submit their films.
Screening Dates/Times: *All screenings are Free and open to the public.
Monday/Tuesday May 6th & 7th at 3:30 pm @ One Park Place Theater (1st Floor): *All submitted films screened.
Thursday May 9th at 7:00 pm @ The Plaza Theater:
A 75-minute program of films will be selected by a screening committee from all submissions. Awards will go to Best Fiction Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Experimental Film, and a Special Jury Award to be announced. The award winners will be presented with both a framed certificate and an all access pass to the Atlanta Film Festival 2020.
Film submission process:
1. Only films made by GSU film production students that were created in a GSU film production course during 2018/19 are eligible for submission.
2. ** Each student may submit up to 3 films, with the total time for 1- 3 films not exceeding 15 minutes.
3. To submit a film or films fill out all of the information requested in the submission form below or your film(s) will not be listed in the program.
4. You may only submit film(s) as a .mov file. Make sure you export the file with the H.264 Codec, and leave all other settings as they are. Upload the file(s) to this form. Preview all files submitted to make sure they play on a GSU Mac computer and on a VLC Player. The festival will not screen your film(s) if the film(s) do not conform to the submission specifications above.
5. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
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