The College of Arts & Media at Southeastern University will host their 10th annual Revolution Film Festival and, for the first time, film submissions will be open to high schools, colleges, and professionals across the United States. This year’s theme is redemption, which centers on the moral transformation of a main character. The festival will be held February 5 and 6, 2016.
Submissions for the film festival are due on December 10, 2015, and the late deadline is January 1, 2016. Several categories are available for the films: High School Short, Collegiate Narrative Short, Professional Narrative Short, Documentary Short and Short-Form Screenplay. Time limits for the short films include three minutes, six minutes and twelve minutes. Prizes will be given to the best categories, with the top prize being $1,500 for Best Professional Film. For more information on submissions, please contact 863.667.5119 or visit http://www.seu.edu/arts/film-festival/.
The Revolution Film Festival will also include workshops with three special guest speakers: Matthew Luhn, Stephen Campbell and Jordan Reddout. Luhn, story supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios, has more than 20 years of experience in the movie industry and has developed stories and characters on four Academy Award and four Golden Globe-winning movies. Some of his credits include Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, The Simpsons, UP and others. Matthew will be giving the 2016 Revolution Film Festival opening night keynote address at the historic Polk Theater in downtown Lakeland, Florida, at 7:30 p.m. on February 5.
Campbell is the director of photography for AMC’s Walking Dead and has been a cinematographer/director of Sydney White, Monster, and Zombieland. He has won the Crystal Reel for his Cinematography for To Write Love on Her Arms.
Reddout grew up in Winter Haven and attended Lois Cowles Harrison Center of the Visual and Performing Arts and Harvard University. She has worked for HBO, Starz and Fox, as well as Army Wives, The Get Down and Mad Dogs. In 2013, she landed her first writing job for ABC’s The Muppets.
In addition to the artists’ workshops, Matthew Luhn will hold a seminar on February 5 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the campus of Southeastern University. The price for the seminar is $250 and includes a full access pass to Revolution Film Festival.