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Mission

The Illinifest Student Film Festival celebrates the creativity and diversity of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign film production communities. Our mission is to provide a showcase for the talent, ingenuity and vison across the UIUC campus. The Festival features productions from Illini Film and Video, Photon Pictures, the C-U Cinefiles, College of Media production classes and independent student projects. We welcome a variety of submissions: short narratives and documentary, experimental films, video essays, animation. Illinifest is committed to creating and sustaining a platform through which these student productions can be shared with the University and the Champaign-Urbana community.

Illinifest is open to all UIUC student film makers. The 2019 Illinifest Student Film Festival deadline for submission is April 14th, 2019. The event is April 27th, 2019 in the Gregory Hall Theater, Gregory Hall.

 

History

Every spring, the Media and Cinema Studies (MACS) department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a special class. Labeled as MACS 464, the course is focused on educating students about the various film festivals around the world, while also organizing film festival right here on campus run by non other than the students in MACS 464. This festival has existed for multiple iterations of the class over the years and has even gone through a few different names it has gone by. The festival began in 2010 and ran until 2012 under the festival title Movies to the MACS! The course was taught by Richard Leskosky and Ivy Glennon. In 2013, With Richard Potter as the MACS 464’s instructor and mentor, they hosted a new version of the festival, this time calling it the Illini Independent Film Festival. In 2014, headed by Alex Mobley, the festival expanded and was called Etcfilmfest. Programming from Etcfilmfest included live performances from The 92s, an alternative indie pop band from Palos Park, Illinois. Up until 2015, students submitted their films via DVD. But, when the festival began accepting submissions digitally, the festival found its lasting identity, this time the festival going by Illinifest and coordinated by the class instructor, Dora Valkanova. Using Dora’s vision, combined with the growing film production communities on campus, the 2019 presented a showcase exclusively for the UIUC filmmaking community. Through MACS 464, students can both learn about film festivals and contribute to the medium’s presence in Illinois by creating their own film festival that helps to showcase student talent and the diversity of short films from around the world.

 


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