Southeast’s Fault Line Film Festival Showcases Student Creativity

Student filmmakers line the stage during the Fault-Line Film Festival showing at the Rose Theater on Friday, November, 22, 2013.

Student filmmakers line the stage during a previous Fault-Line Film Festival awards ceremony .

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 30, 2015 – Students from across the region will have the opportunity to express their creative talents at the sixth annual Fault Line Film Festival at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Southeast students as well as those from across Missouri and bordering states are expected to enter their films in this year’s competition.  An awards ceremony is planned for Nov. 11 at noon in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus, with a Gala event to follow at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in Rose Theatre.

“The festival is a showcase for the exceptional students we have at our University and throughout the region,” said Fred Jones, professor in the Department of Mass Media. “It allows students from various departments to collaborate on projects that emphasize their varied talents. The festival provides an audience for their work, which is an experience that will last a lifetime. The festival has grown over the years, expanding to other programs throughout Missouri and the region. The Fault Line Film Festival has become the premiere student film festival in the region, and it looks to only grow in the future.”

Clips of award-winning film entries will be shown at the awards ceremony on Nov. 11, and a keynote presentation is planned from Jason Stamp.

“Jason Stamp is an award winning director with very prestigious companies.  He has worked for such companies as Nike, Chrysler and Gucci, and had an animated feature in David Fincher’s ‘The Social Network.’  He is a truly talented artist and entrepreneur.  We are absolutely thrilled to have him meet with our students,” said Rhonda Weller-Stilson, director of the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Award-winning and honorable mention films will be shown in their entirety on Nov. 13 at the Gala event. The showing is the culmination of hours of work by students.

The Fault Line Film Festival also provides opportunities for students who prefer to be in front of the camera. According to Dr. Kenneth L. Stilson, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance and professor of acting and directing, the festival is an extension of what students learn from live theatre performances.

“This is an important part of their training,” Stilson said. “For instance, in theatre and dance we produce plays for the stage. However, when someone is a theatre major who is pursuing a BFA in acting, that person doesn’t just want to be an actor on stage, but also in film and television. They may want to act in movies, on stage, or on television. Also, a designer of costumes doesn’t just want to design costumes for stage productions, they want to work in different aspects. The Fault Line Film Festival gives them a venue to practice that craft.”

Stilson added that some students who submit films are from the Department of Polytechnic Studies at Southeast. He also said some students in the Department of Theatre and Dance also want to work in animation and want to create a career by doing voiceovers for films.

“We tell stories in the Department of Theatre and Dance, and this gives students training to do so,” Stilson said.

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A Faultline Gala will be held in Rose Theatre on Nov. 13.

Each film is entered into one of five categories: animation, comedy, drama, mystery/suspense and other, which is for films that do not fall into one of the other categories. An award for best film is given within each category, as well as an award for Best of Festival. In addition, an award is given to a film that showcases outstanding technical achievement, and another is given to a film that the audience deems worthy.

“We have had such a great variety of films that have done well at our festival,” Jones said. “Our award winners tend to be films that not only have a high level of technical excellence, but also have an emotional impact on the audience. Great storytelling will never go out of style.”

The awards are $250 per category and the Best of Festival winner will receive a $1,000 prize.

The Fault Line Film Festival is made possible by the generosity of several entities.  This year Cape Air has come onboard.

“We so appreciate the vision of Cape Air in supporting the Fault Line Film Festival.  They are a very student centered company and plan to attend events and meet our students,” said Weller-Stilson.

Returning sponsors include the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Department of Polytechnic Studies, the Office of the Provost, the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Mass Media, and the College of Science, Technology and Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University.

“The Fault Line Film Festival was created out of a desire to bridge the gap between our students in the departments of Theatre and Dance, Polytechnic Studies and Mass Media,” Stilson said.

The Fault Line Film Festival is open to college students from across Missouri as well as students from bordering states.

The deadline to enter the festival is Nov. 2. The entry fee is $25 per film.

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