UT Filmmakers Showcase returns after three years away

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The Department of Theater and Film at the University of Toledo (UT) is proud to announce the return of the Student Filmmakers Showcase in 2022. The showcase is set for Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the UT Center for Performing Arts. event is a celebratory screening of some of the best work from UT’s film/video majors, selected for public presentation in juried competition.

Thanks to COVID-19, there has not been a Filmmakers Showcase hosted at UT since the spring of 2019. The 2022 Filmmakers Showcase accepted submissions from current and graduating film students, allowing those who are being denied a showcase at the height of the pandemic a chance to show their work.

Student Perspectives
The showcase features student work in many different genres, such as experimental, narrative, animation and documentary films. For many film/video students, such as Chad Coulter and Ryan Gagnet, 2022 is the first year they present their work as part of the Filmmaker’s Showcase.

Gagnet described it as, “A celebration of all the effort and hard work of students in their craft and the stories they try to tell. It’s a way to inspire students to keep working and chasing their craft. »

As for Jarrett Cunningham, a 2020 graduate of UToledo’s Film and Video program, this will be his second year presenting in the showcase, as he had the unique opportunity to present his work in 2019, before the pandemic interrupted the annual event event.

“There’s definitely something to be said for students seeing their work, especially for the first time, presented on a screen bigger than all of our phones,” Cunningham said. “And having a live audience to share such an intimate moment with is something a comment section just can’t compete with.”

After attesting to how demoralizing the COVID-19 pandemic has been, Cunningham encouraged all interested students to consider submitting their films to each upcoming University of Toledo Student Filmmakers Showcase.

“Many students have become discouraged during the pandemic,” he said. “Assume and be proud of your work. The showcase is like an empty race for all the biggest showcases to come, and everyone has to start somewhere. If you feel like you haven’t submitted your best work, write down what you want to improve and know it will get better.

Tickets and itinerary
The 2022 Student Filmmakers Showcase is expected to last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission and is open to all ages. There is no food or drink allowed in the theater and per UT guidelines, there are no COVID-19 restrictions in place. However, masks are encouraged and there will also be plenty of seating available for guests, so social distancing could be achieved if desired.

All admission tickets for the event are $5 and can be purchased herewith a maximum allowed of 10 tickets.

Parking on the UToledo campus is not free!
The venue for the event is at the Center for Performing Arts on the main UToledo campus, with parking for all attendees at Area 12, 1910 West Rocket Drive (corner of West Towerview Boulevard). Hourly parking can be purchased on the Park Mobile Website or Application. Click here to Map and route.

Find out more about the Department of Film and Video on the University of Toledo website.

Questions about this event? E-mail: [email protected]

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