Second annual Film Festival showcased student talent

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

On Friday, April 26, student-produced cinema took the screen at the second annual Sterling College Film Festival held in Culbertson Auditorium. The Festival was organized into five genres including twisted trailer, mood piece, mockumentary, silent short and narrative. Each submission was judged and awards were presented at the conclusion of the Festival to the best film in each category.

The Film Festival began in 2012 as an opportunity for students to build their experience and give them a public venue to show their video work

“I was proud of the students’ hard work and dedication,” said Dr. Raymond Anderson, associate professor of communication. “Great talent was shown by both the dedicated students in the Producing and Directing class as well as the introductory level students. In all, I believe that a legacy has been created for future students to live up to.”

The top two awards presented at the Film Festival were the Judges Award, presented to “Lux Aeterna,” a mood piece directed by Cameron Pratte of Lawrence, Kan., and the Audience Choice Award, presented to “Radical, a longer form narrative piece directed by David Dunsmoor, of Augusta, Kan., and produced by Nathan Ehresman of Wichita, Kan.

Other awards from the night included Josh Wisner of Sterling, Kan., winning Best Twisted Trailer with his film, “50 First Frights.” “Lux Aeterna” also won Best Mood Piece. “Catacombs,” directed by David Dunsmoor, Nathan Ehresman, Angel Edwards of Overland Park, Kan., and Jon-Marc Anderson of Aurora, Ore., took home the award for Best Mockumentary. The Best Silent Short was awarded to “Haunted,” directed by Cameron Pratte, Ashley Aulbach of Haysville, Kan., Kaitlyn Harding of Corona, Calif., and Stephen Stinson of Corona, Calif. There was a tie for Best Longer Form Narrative between “Radical” and “Backspace,” directed by Scott McKinney of Superior, Neb., and produced by Josh Wisner.

Best Actor was awarded to Shiloh Duff of Scott City, Kan., and Best Actress was awarded to Jackie Wilkerson of Wichita, Kan., both for their performance in “Lux Aeterna.”