Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian University, 2006 Page: 30
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The student film Noc came away with the most honors
at the second annual FilmFest on Nov. 4, which featured
11 student-made films, at the Paramount Iheatre.
Judges presented the awards in traditional Academy
"Milestones" was the theme of FilmFest, and students
worked the theme into their films however they wanted,
said Robyn King, FilmFest co-chair and senior marketing
and management major from Fort Worth.
"We really kind of leave those open and vague for a
reason because there's so many different ways people can
interpret that," King said. "Milestones means different
things to everybody. In fact, our films were totally a reflection
of that." The lineup included three music videos,
one action/thriller and seven dramas.
Students submitted films for judging Oct. 14. The
judges received a DVD with the films and evaluated
each one before the premier night but had to wait, along
with the students, until the award ceremony to find out
The judges presented awards for best film, producer,
director, technical director, sound designer, production
designer and writer.
Noc, a film about a bank robbery produced, directed
and written by Brady Rector, freshman electronic media
major from Abilene, won the People's Choice Award.
This award was added this year and was judged by
online voting. SATV, Channel 24, gave students the
chance to view the films be fore they voted.
"People's choice was a really good way to get people
involved first of all because they're seeing the films the
whole week before," King said. "Kind of a little bit of advertising,
and it's just a way for people to really get excited
A Saturday morning symposium featuring six of the
12 judges followed the premier night. Judges spoke to
about 25 students and people from the community.
The symposium gave the judges a chance to interact
with people, King said. Tabitha Vail, junior English
major from San Antonio, had the chance to stop by the
symposium and said she liked seeing the judges interact
with each other.
Vail helped with the marketing and communication
aspect of FilmFest by getting support partners to help
make it financially possible. Through raising support she
said she realized Abilene is a helpful community. She
raised a total of $6,000 in comparable dollars in things
ranging from discounts on T-shirts, to a check to help
pay the $800 needed to rent the Paramount.
Ryan Jones, freshman Christian ministry major from
Tulsa, Okla., was the director and writer for They Call
You Holy and said FilmFest was one thing he liked about
ACU when he heard about it last year. Jones said he
plans to participate in the future and encourages other
students to as well.
"If you're willing to put in the work, no matter if you
win or loose, you will have a good feeling of accomplishment,'Jones
By: Anna Carroll, adapted from the Optimist
Film Fest co-chairs Matt Maxwell and Robyn King present the awards for the 2005 Film Fest competition.
Photo by Brian Schmidt
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