Art Center to host student-only film festival

On March 16, Art Center will host the first annual Dot Independent Film Festival, which will screen and award student projects from around the world.

“There’s no other film festival that only caters to students,” says Kevin Wansa, a film student who coordinated the event along with fellow film student Mike Reyes and faculty member Andrew Harlow.

DIFF will award films in several different categories including narrative short, documentary, music video, and commercial and PSA. The festival is also about forming collaborative relationships across schools and communities.

“We want to unite students in one venue,” says Wansa. “We want to create a dialog and start working together, especially as we prepare to enter the [entertainment] industry.”

The festival has received more than 120 submissions with entries from as far away as Europe, Egypt and Pakistan.

The daylong event will include screenings of films from winners and nominees, as well as a panel discussion with Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the Oscar-nominated directors of “Little Miss Sunshine,” and other industry professionals.

The event will be open to the public; tickets are $10.


Dot Independent Film Festival

March 16

Ahmanson Auditorium at Art Center College of Design

1700 Lida Street, Pasadena

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