Edmonton Catholic Schools hosts its 5th Annual Student Film Festival!
Event Time and Location
Monday May 25th 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Garneau Theatre.
In this 5th year of our student film festival, Edmonton Catholic Schools has never been more proud of our student created films. With over 210 students participating in 51 film submissions, we are excited to feature the top 24 films at our Gala event! In 2012 Claire Theobald wrote in the Edmonton Examiner that "Audience members laughed and cried" at the student film festival.
With the proliferation of low-cost and high-quality equipment, film making has never been more accessible. Students are not only consuming video on TV and in theatres, they are creating and publishing their own works online. The young film makers of today are able to reach millions of viewers through digital media that wasn't available to past generations. Students in Edmonton Catholic Schools are learning how to master this important form of language and communication. Film genres include Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Thriller, and Musicals. The six award categories are: Best Acting, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Film Technique, People's choice, and the most sought after award, Film of the Year.
A Special Moment
We are especially proud of our Grade Twelve students who have contributed to the film festival since they were in Junior High. One student in particular has experienced both academic and commercial success with his film making. Csaba Nagy, a senior year at Archbishop MacDonald high school, saw commercial success when his YouTube channel went viral when he was only 14 years old. Csaba's YouTube channel now has nearly 18 million views, driven by videos such as the Microsoft Surface commercial he produced (https://youtu.be/CL65x49UFlc).
The caliber of Csaba's 2015 film submission (Atlas, viewable here: https://youtu.be/mwHFLQ78xvo) is of such a high quality that most viewers won't believe the entire production team are high school students working on a pocket-change sized budget.
Samantha Mann is a senior at St. Joseph High School who was honored by the YWCA for a public service announcement video to bring awareness to domestic violence. Her award winning film, The Colour Red (viewable here: https://youtu.be/eXgkBaXQkLM), will also be featured at the Film Festival
To make the student film festival both authentic and relevant, a selection of Edmonton's top film creators and film critics are returning to judge the students' work. Our 2015 judging panel includes:
- Ray Harper (NetworkOne)
- Colin McLean (Edmonton Sun)
- Carol Ann Kunicki (Dream2screen)
- Zac Hogle (Dynacor Media)
- Jamie Borque (Square Pixel Inc)