Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Iris Film Festival

The IU Department of Communication and Culture’s Iris Film and Video Festival is accepting film submissions for its sixth annual showcase, held Jan. 28 at the IU Cinema.

The festival is seeking films seven minutes or shorter of all genres by independent filmmakers and students. VHS or DVD entries, as well as the $5 enrollment fee, must be received by 4 p.m. on Jan. 20.

Entries can be mailed or delivered to the Iris Film Festival mailbox in room 270 of the Classroom Office Building. A panel of filmmakers, media professors and media graduate students will judge the entries. Prizes will be awarded for Best Narrative, Best Documentary and Best Experimental Film. An Audience Favorite will also be named.

The Brian Friedman award, which honors the best film made in a Department of Communication and Culture class, is also given. The award is named after a film student whose life was cut short in an automobile accident.

The film festival is the creation of IU graduate student Amanda Keeler, who wanted to provide a venue for IU Communication and Culture Department students to showcase their work. She said the festival has been growing in size and popularity since its
debut in 2007.