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College plans film festival for September, October

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Lycoming College recently announced its lineup for the 14th annual Onscreen Film and Video Festival. Admission is free and open to the public, and attendees should RSVP at http://evite.me/Au7tY3zHHx. The Sept. 30 screening begins promptly at 7 p.m. at the AMC Classic 11 in Williamsport.

Since its start in 2008 as a local screening, the OnScreen Film and Video Festival (formerly known as the Pennsylvania College Student Film and Video Festival) has grown to include film submissions the world over, according to a news release. This year logged a record 1,194 submissions from 77 countries. Official selections comprise 22 films from the United States, United Kingdom, Hungary, India, Spain, China, Slovenia, Italy, France, Israel and Argentina.

Leah Bedrosian Peterson, festival director and professor of film and video arts at Lycoming College is excited about this year’s festival jury members including Tom Woodruff Jr. (Tom Woodruff Jr. Grant Jury Award for Lycoming College films), Academy Award-winning actor and special effects artist who has worked on every Alien and Alien vs. Predator film since Aliens; Levi Woodward (Narrative), managing partner at preeminent international film and tv studio Rocket Science. Recent films include Sean Penn’s Flag Day, The Trial of the Chicago Seven, and May December; Danielle Bernstein (Documentary), founder of Clear Films, the full service, story driven production company that uses media to amplify social and environmental struggles affecting the global community; Christina Moliterno (Animation), Lead Motion Designer at Rockstar Games in New York City; and Stephen St. Francis Decky (Experimental Films and Music Videos), visiting assistant professor of film and video art at Lycoming College and multi-media artist and writer.

More information on the jury can be found at https://www.lycoming.edu/film-video-arts/festival-jury.aspx.

“It was thrilling to see that our festival attracted almost 1200 filmmakers to submit films that they poured their hearts and souls into,” Bedrosian Peterson said, according to the news release. “The quality of films submitted this year was impressive and provided Onscreen Film and Video Festival the opportunity to screen a number of exciting, touching, and thought-provoking films that help to shine a light on promising young filmmakers. … Locally, Lycoming College is proud to contribute to the arts culture of Williamsport with the city’s only international film festival.”

According to the news release, winning entries from each category will be screened at the live event held at the AMC. In addition, both Lycoming College student films nominated for the Tom Woodruff Jr. Grand Jury Prize Award will screen at the AMC. All Official selections will screen online from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15. A link to online screening will be available https://www.lycoming.edu/film-video-arts/festival.aspx.

The film and video arts department at Lycoming College balances digital film production and postproduction with film theory as students study and create films that represent humanity, culture, and society. More information is available at https://www.lycoming.edu/film-video-arts/.

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