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BSU students have a history of racking up awards at the annual Campus MovieFest, and this year was no exception.
At the international Campus MovieFest Awards in Hollywood BSU earned three honors for the film “Stetson Street.” Best Director was Connor Williams, ’14, and Best Actress, Caity Parker, ’10. The film also earned a National Top 25 Film award for its makers, Williams, Jason Kimball, Billy Loftus and Henry Carrasco, all class of 2014. The short film depicts the ending of a relationship, told in a fractured narrative.
Campus MovieFest bills itself as the world's largest student film and music festival. Participants are given one week to complete their film. To do so, they are provided a Macbook Pro, Panasonic HD camcorder, and training. Each participating campus selects its top films to move to the national competition. Winners are recognized at the annual ceremony in Hollywood.
This year's honors continue the winning tradition at Campus MovieFest. In the six years BSU has sent students to Los Angeles for the Campus MovieFest summit, they have earned awards and honors each time, including regional best picture, national best comedy (twice) and best cinematography.
“The importance of these honors and awards are quite significant. BSU is in competition with students across the world from universities with formal film programs,” said Ed Cabellon, assistant to the vice president, student affairs. “Yet each year, we continue to deliver studio-quality films that earn national recognition.”
A number of recent graduates and MovieFest alumni now reside in Los Angeles and work in the film industry. They are: Alex Perry, ’10; Jim Sass, ’11; Robert Morton, ’12; Leah Astore, ’13; and Jamie Salemi, ’08. Also, Kevin Eam, ’12, is an accomplished actor and stunt man working regularly out of New York, Boston, and L.A. (Story by John Winters/Ed Cabellon, photo provided)