Arts & Academe will hold a monthly student-film contest beginning this month with each month’s three finalists featured on the blog. We are very fortunate to have as judges two renowned film scholar-critics (and Chronicle Review contributors), David Sterritt and Mikita Brottman. (More about them below.)
Here are the rules:
1. The films must be 20 minutes or less and posted publicly (no password protection) on YouTube, Vimeo, or some similarly reliable, accessible, and free Web site.
2. By January 14, the college-level student filmmaker should e-mail, with FILM CONTEST in the subject line, the film’s link URL to email@example.com, along with
• the filmmaker’s full name
• where she or he is enrolled
• the name of her or his filmmaking instructor
• the title of the film
• (optional) a brief two- or three-sentence synopsis or other filmmaker’s note
• films co-directed by more than one filmmaker will be accepted
On January 21, Arts & Academe will post the three finalists selected by the judges—Sterritt and Brottman—along with brief written comments from them about why they chose those films.
And on January 26, Arts & Academe will post the winning film, again with brief written comments from Sterritt and Brottman on how they selected the winner. (In future months, the exact submission and posting dates will vary slightly, but we’ll try to follow the same basic schedule.)
About the judges:
David Sterritt is chair of the National Society of Film Critics, an adjunct professor at Columbia University and the Maryland Institute College of Art, professor emeritus of theater and film at Long Island University, chief book critic of Film Quarterly, and a former longtime film critic for The Christian Science Monitor who has also written for many other publications. For his full C.V., visit his Web site.
Mikita Brottman is a professor in the department of humanistic studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art and former chair of the Pacifica Graduate Institute’s M.A. program in Engaged Humanities with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology. She is also a psychoanalyst. Her books include The Solitary Vice: Against Reading (Counterpoint, 2008); High Theory/Low Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005); Offensive Films (reissue, Vanderbilt University Press, 2005); Funny Peculiar: Gershon Legman and the Psychopathology of Humor (Analytic Press, 2004); and Car Crash Culture (editor, Palgrave Macmillan, 2002). For her full C.V., visit her site.
Please forward this contest info to anyone who might be interested. If you have questions or comments, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.