This standing room only, annual event is the first chance to see original films from the UA Film & Television program before they travel the world to major international film festivals, such as Sundance and the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale), which internationally premiered the 2014 UA thesis film, , by Christopher Cegielski in February, 2015.
“We are delighted by the international recognition the films are receiving and for the growing industry support of this screening,” said Professor Beverly Seckinger. “This year, we are welcoming many great sponsors from the film industry, including , , the creator of Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling, , , as well as the. These sponsors are offering wonderful and meaningful awards to celebrate our talented students’ accomplishments and help them continue to make films.”
The graduating BFA filmmakers will compete for the Fancy New Filmmaker Award, and the Hanson Film Institute Award for Best Production Design, among many others.
From Wade Shields’ horror-musical mash-up, inspired by the late Bisbee husband and wife musical duo, Amy and Derrick Ross, a.k.a. Nowhere Man and A Whiskey Girl, this year’s thesis films are as varied as they are original.to Omar Lopez’s
“It’s a slice of their life as I imagined it, but a very unfortunate, beautiful slice,” said Lopez, who said he never knew the duo in life, but was moved by their story’s end.
This year’s BFA thesis film competition will be judged by Claudette Godfrey, the Short Film Programmer for the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas; Herb Stratford, Program Director, Napa Valley Film Festival; and Joe Garrity, Senior Filmmaker-in-Residence in Production Design at the American Film Institute Conservatory, who is also a Los Angeles-based production designer.
is made possible with support from the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television’s Student Differential Tuition Funds, the UA Hanson Film Institute, the UA Student Faculty Interaction Program, The Fox Tucson Theatre, and Ricoh.
Graduates from the UA Film & Television program have achieved success in writing, directing, development, production, talent management, cinematography and special effects. Notable alumni include Academy Award-winning director, Ari Sandel; producer, Scott Stuber; 20th Century Fox’s John Kilkenny; and local filmmaker and music video director, Alex Italics, who was recently featured on the cover of the .
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