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Lycoming College hosts Student Film and Video Festival

Lycoming College hosts Student Film and Video Festival

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The Lycoming College Department of Communication’s Digital Media program will present the eighth Student Film and Video Festival Tuesday, April 7, from 7- 8:30 p.m. at the Community Arts Center, 229 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. The event is free and open to the public.

The program will feature four different categories of films and videos, including narrative, documentary, experimental and animation. All films have a running time of less than ten minutes and have been completed in the last two years. This year’s contest also was open to other undergraduate programs in Pennsylvania and several submissions were received from both Point Park University and Temple University.

Each festival is juried by Lycoming faculty. This year, the jurors include Lynn Estomin, professor of art; Leah Peterson, associate professor of communication; Seth Goodman, assistant professor of art; Oscar Perez, visiting assistant professor of communication; and Jim Dougherty, adjunct instructor of communication. Perez will also serve as the host of this year’s event.

Peterson, who organizes the event, said that the films and videos have gotten better each year and that students enthusiastically work on the projects in preparation for the annual screenings.

"Our students are working just as hard as ever to make films that are aesthetically and conceptually strong," she said. "We are excited about screening the short films and animations that our students made alongside student work from other film programs in Pennsylvania."

The grand jury prize award will go to the best overall film and the winner will receive a custom statue made by Academy Award-winner Tom Woodruff Jr. Woodruff, a Williamsport native, is a special effects artist and actor who has worked on films such as “Terminator” and “Aliens.”