After a gap of six years, the Las Positas College (LPC) Film Festival is enjoying a renaissance. Organized by students and teachers from Las Positas, the festival encourages local students and recent graduates to exhibit their short films.
In the past, the festival was difficult to organize and maintain, so the makers of the event decided to take a break. But now the festival has been revived with the newly implemented film and photography programs on campus.
“LPC hosted the Student Film Festival from 2009 to 2015,” said one of the festival’s co-directors. Elizabeth Wing Brooks said. “With the participation of LPC’s new Film Studies program, students and faculty, the festival has been able to innovate and revitalize. Due to the pandemic we had several Zoom Festival planning meetings last fall and we were able to collaborate a little personally this spring. We’re all waiting for a live event! “
Interested student filmmakers submitted short films of less than 10 minutes earlier this month. LPC has received over 30 submissions in the primary submission categories, including narrative films, documentaries, animation, music videos, LPC alumni, and high school films.
“It’s always nice to see the expansion of the work,” said Deena Horwath, another festival co-director. “Maybe they’ve been out of college for a year or two, and they ‘have reached the pace of their game. In addition, high school students also submit some excellent work.
All submissions are from current or recent graduates of a high school, community college, or four-year college.
“I’m looking forward to coming back to live events that everyone can attend. It’s fun and exciting to support filmmakers,” Horwath said.
On April 28, 2022, Las Positas will host a free screening and award night for filmmakers, their friends, family and community members in Room 2420 of the College from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Awards categories include directing, comedy and drama, editing, story / narration, score / sound, and audience selection. Recipients will receive a small trophy, certificate and surprise prize. Although the organizers are still uncertain about which films will be screened, the show will run for about two hours with a break.
“It’s great to have student films screened together on the big screen with live audiences, but it’s the top cherry that can give awards to student filmmaking,” says Wing Brooks. “We hope the Las Poe Film Fest can grow every year, providing a platform for students to celebrate their films, and building a community on campus and in the Tri-Valley area.”