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Student Film Festivals
With the advent of modern cinematography technology, it's really of no surprise the quantity of hopeful independent works that goes into mail en route to the film producer nowadays. And of course there's also no surprise if these unopened mails also ends up in the nearby heap of trash, with everything intact, postage, sealed package, lucky dollar and ribbons.
Independent filmmakers are mostly students who bravely venture into filmmaking for dozen of purposes. And its surprising a number of remarkable films are products of the young producers' imaginations, often molded only by a mutual funding of their allowances. Like the highly acclaimed gruesome documentary of 'The Blair Witch Project' who had the overall budget of $25,000 but exceeded most feature films by grossing $248 million, not even a fraction on the initial cost to put up the show. Even the filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez never considered the possibility of the film to be a full blown blockbuster, even hoping only for a local cable television release.
That event convinced film professionals the potential of youths for feature stories. Such age where most minds aren't dulled with pressure of work and demand, youngsters often brew up imaginative stories that can really catch up attention. Like the Blair Witch Project and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
The International Student Film Festival Hollywood is one such organization that offers these talented students a chance to showcase the works in an international level. And since the International Student Film Festival Hollywood is a global competition, the contest will be stiff; ensuring all works that will be showcase will be the best of that event.
The Bestfest America also host a yearly Student Film Festival, bringing literary quality and visual arts programming made in San Diego to a competitive level. Celebrating since 1986, the BestFest America Student Film Festival has supported solely on supporting these next breed of filmmakers by providing them a place to showcase their skills.
UK based Exposures also highlights the national student film festival held annually. Though they also accepted entries from filmmakers not on education in an event called 'Cornerhouse', they prioritize student entries though. As well as showcasing the best entries across five categories including Drama, Documentary, Animation, Experimental and Music Video, Exposures Student Film Festival also organizes a range of classes, workshops and discussions to further the young British talent.
Obviously, participants of most student film festivals (especially those stated above) must be undergraduate or graduate film students. Though some don't necessarily require a degree in film making, as long as the participant is enrolled and studying the student film festivals are open to them