Several Walla Walla University students from the film and TV department had the opportunity to go and take part in the Sonscreen Festival at Loma Linda University on April 7–9. Over 150 people attended the festival this year.
Over a period of three days, nine WWU students and other guests had the opportunity to watch short films they created and pitch story ideas to executive producers from prominent companies in the film industry such as HBO, Hulu, and 20th Century Fox. Students were encouraged to make connections with people in the industry and each other.
Before the Sonscreen Festival began, students were invited to submit films for consideration to be featured at the festival. Students also pitched story ideas and three of the five finalists in the competition received funding to help further their ideas. Trevor Claridge, senior computer science major, got an Honorary Mention award for his film and Stevan Crary, junior film and TV major, was a finalist for the story pitch competition.
Crary says, “I enjoyed connecting and getting to know like-minded people. It’s great to get out and meet other people in the universities who are doing the same thing.”
The Sonscreen website says, “The Sonscreen Film Festival is the annual gathering for young creatives who have a passion for using film for the purpose of creating timely and relevant productions for social awareness, outreach, and uplifting creative entertainment.” The event is open to college and high school students who are interested in film and TV.
Posted on May 17, 2022