Southeast’s Fault Line Film Festival Showcases Student Creativity


EVT-FaultLineCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 5, 2014 – Students from across the region will have the opportunity to express their creative talents at the fifth annual Fault Line Film Festival Nov. 19-21 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. 19 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus, with a Gala event to follow at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in Rose Theatre.

“Films are made to be seen, and film festivals provide student filmmakers with an outlet for their work,” said Fred Jones, Southeast professor of mass media. “It is such an encouragement for a young director to have their work selected for screening, or to win an award.”

Clips of award-winning film entries will be shown at the awards ceremony on Nov. 19, and a keynote presentation is planned from Sam Park, West Coast Editor and part-owner of the transmedia company, Monsterverse Entertainment and his new horror media company, Scratch Lighting Productions. Park graduated from Southeast in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, secondary education, with a major in art education. He was honored with a Southeast Alumni Merit Award last month.

“He [Park] will provide a master class that will teach students the elements of the creative and business sides of filmmaking,” said Dr. Jim Dufek, Southeast professor of mass media. “He will be accessible to our students to discuss all aspects of the profession. We are thrilled to have Sam Park as part of our festival.”

Award-winning and honorable mention films will be shown in their entirety on Nov. 21 at the Gala event. The showing is the culmination of hours of work by students.

“Each student filmmaker learns the process of a ‘script-to-screen’ event, said Dufek. “Having an idea, having a good story, and making it on to the big screen takes a lot of work, and that’s part of the learning experience.”

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.

“Our program’s focus is designed to build their resumes by giving them the practical experience needed to work in the industry,” said Stilson. “The Fault Line Film Festival fills that need.”

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 awards for Best Invitational Film (the best film from a student not attending Southeast) and the 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.

“There are many technical aspects to film that a director must understand, but technique alone will not lead to a successful film,” said Jones. “The films that are successful in our competition are the ones that tell a compelling story.”

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

The Fault Line Film Festival is sponsored by the Department of Mass Media, the Department of Theatre & Dance, the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Polytechnic Studies, the Office of the Provost, and the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University.

In the past, the Fault Line Film Festival has been open to college students from across Missouri, but this year’s festival has been extended to include submissions from students in bordering states.

The deadline to enter the festival is Nov. 3. The entry fee is $25 per film.

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