The 2010 Five16 Film Festival—a showcase event for the work of UNW film students—drew large crowds to Maranatha Hall on April 19.
What started a few years ago as a small gathering has turned into a true community event that hundreds of students, faculty, staff and friends eagerly look forward to.
“Every year, the film quality gets better,” said Ann Sorenson, MFA, associate professor of broadcasting and festival director. “It’s so great to give film students a chance to showcase their talent. It’s a celebration of these students’ work.”
Student films were prescreened by a panel of judges who are industry professionals and experts and the top 21 films were selected for screening at the festival. Film categories included drama, comedy, music video, documentary and animation. To add to the excitement for festival-goers and filmmakers alike, the festival included a red carpet, “paparazzi” photos and popcorn to create a movie awards-night atmosphere.
Micah Murray, a junior electronic media communication major, said the best part of the Five16 Film Festival was the exposure it afforded the film students, noting that “we love it when we can share with the art people and the math people and the ministry people so that they can see what goes on over in [the] Mel Johnson [Media Center].”
The name of the festival is based on Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”