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B&W Film Festival Looking for Submissions

From Monday, April 9th to Thursday, April 12th, the Student Film Organization (@PSU_SFO) will be accepting submissions for the Blue and White Film Festival, which takes place on April 22nd, the Sunday of Blue and White Weekend.

The Blue and White Film Festival — known as Student Film Fest until its name change last year — is held annually in the spring at the State Theatre in celebration of the creative achievements of student filmmakers from across the university. The festival is one of the most significant opportunities here at Penn State for students to showcase their work, whether they’d be experimental pieces or documentaries or just your good old comedies and dramas.

If you’re a student filmmaker and you have a film or two you’d like to screen at the State Theatre, definitely consider submitting for this year’s Blue and White Film Festival. All Penn State students are welcome and encouraged to submit films.

So here are a few basic details for prospective entrants:

  • Directors can submit up two entries. See the required submission form for more details.
  • There is a $15 submission fee for each individual work up to 15 minutes long; each minute after 15 is an additional $5.
  • Submissions must be uploaded no later than 5pm on Thursday, April 12th. See here for instructions.

Check the SFO’s website for more details on how to submit.

The submissions will then be reviewed by a panel of industry professionals, alumni, and faculty across multiple disciplines. Directors, you will notified by email on Saturday, April 14th if your submissions have been selected. Selected directors will then have to go to Innovation Park on April 15th to submit final files and associated documents, found on the submission form along with instructions for the entire process.

So, filmmakers, what are you waiting for? Give the festival a shot, and good luck.

Oh, and for those of you looking for a chill way to round out Blue and White Weekend, stop by the State Theatre on April 22nd and check out the films your fellow Penn Staters have been working on. Tickets are free for students–SFO will be distributing them closer the date of the festival–and will also be available at the State Theatre box office for anyone with a student ID. As said by SFO President Nathan Larimer, “this event is for the entire Penn State community.”

Here’s one early entry from a group including Onward State’s own community manager, Alex Federman (@alxf9).

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