The Student Association Entertainment department has started to accept submissions for its inaugural SA Film Festival, to be held in the Student Union Theater on March 25.
"We wanted to have an opportunity for UB undergrads to show us… their hard work. There's not a lot of opportunity for media students, or just students in general, to showcase their creative filmmaking talent," said Matt Solomon, assistant event manager for SA Entertainment.
The SA Film Festival Review Board will accept a maximum of three movies from each director/writer, due on March 4. Prizes will be awarded to the winning films, and all accepted films will receive airtime on UBTV.
The event is open to all undergraduate students, regardless of major. Films should be two to 15 minutes in length and can be of any genre. Submissions must be in DVD format.
Solomon believes that this festival will provide students with a great opportunity to show their talents on a large stage.
"There's a film festival that they do in the media studies department that is really limited and restricted… and a lot of the media studies [students] aren't in it. So we're just trying to open the door to people that want to get involved," Solomon said. "There [are] people making movies all throughout UB, so we just want to create a place for them to showcase that."
Submitted films will go through two rounds of judging. The SA Film Festival Review Board will survey films in the first round of the competition and industry judges will determine a winner in the second round.
Submission forms are available online at www.sa.buffalo.edu and in 350 Student Union.
"It's something that at the first [SA Entertainment] meeting we ever had we talked about doing, so we're creating something that we've all been really excited about," Solomon said. "I love when people can showcase what they see in their heart, so I'm very genuinely excited about doing this."