New Categories Announced for WVSU Student Film Festival

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Dec. 10, 2013
New Categories Announced for WVSU Student Film Festival
INSTITUTE, W.Va.West Virginia State University (WVSU) is accepting submissions for its second annual Student Film and Video Festival, open to current high school and WVSU students. Entries must be postmarked by Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

“This event is our way of showcasing the talent of students here at State and encouraging local high school students to develop their creative talent and share their work to entertain and inspire others,” said Dr. Ali Ziyati, festival co-director and associate professor of Communications and Media Studies at WVSU.

“We have delineated the categories this year by form, creating four additional categories to accommodate diverse media,” added Sam Holdren, festival co-director and instructor of Communications and Media Studies at WVSU. “There really is something for everyone.”

College film categories include narrative, non-fiction, promotional, abstract and smart videos.
  • NARRATIVE - A film that tells a fictional story or narrative with actors playing the characters.
  • NON-FICTION - Documentaries, news, sports and informational works.
  • PROMOTIONAL - Public Service Announcements, commercials and movie trailers.
  • ABSTRACT - Experimental films, animations and music videos.
  • SMART VIDEOS - Videos created with a smart phone. The winner will be chosen through a popular vote by the audience on the evening of the festival.
  • HIGH SCHOOL - The high school category may encompass any type of work mentioned above.
Undergraduate and graduate student films must have been produced since August 2012 during active enrollment at WVSU. Productions should be between 30 seconds and 15 minutes in length and must be received as a video file in a standard uncompressed format along with a $5 entry fee per submission. Full details and an entry form are available online at

Entry fee, application and DVD(s) may be mailed to WVSU Student Film and Video Festival, 202 Cole Complex, P.O. Box 1000, Institute, WV  25112.

The Student Film and Video Festival is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Davis Fine Arts Theater at WVSU.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multigenerational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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