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The 4th Annual Illinifest Student Film Festival will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Greg Hall Theater from 11am-8pm, admission is FREE to all. The 2018 festival received 130 submissions of short films. Of those 31 from 11 countries and campus were selected to screen in three categories: Documentaries, Midwest Student, and World. These films will be up for 17 awards including: Grand Jury, Best Picture Award for Midwest Student and World categoriesas well as Best Director, Best Ensemble, and Best Cinematography. This year, the festival is excited to announce the inaugural Beckman Institute Award for Science in Film sponsored by the Beckman Institute on campus, which will be given to the short Sequential

In addition to film screenings Illinifest 2018 will hold two panel discussions: Moving Past Scandal: What’s next in Combating Sexual Harassment in the Film and Media Industries at 1:20PM and New and Emerging Distribution Platforms: Reaching Audiences Beyond the Big Screen at 3:25PM.

Our panelists are:

Moving Past Scandal: What’s next in Combating Sexual Harassment in the Film and Media Industries

Michele Santiago: Michele is a subject matter expert who has a passion for making work, work for everyone. She incorporates her experience as a certified life coach and accomplished sales executive with over 20 years in leadership to her methodology as a strategic human resource manager. (click here for full bio)

Corielle Heath Laaspere: Corielle Heath Laaspere is a certified Sexual Violence Prevention Educator with over 120-hours of training and 10-years of experience. She holds dual degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Lehigh University, as well as a Master’s of Strategic Public Relations from the University of Southern California. (click here for full bio)

Stephanie Brown: Stephanie Brown is finishing her doctorate in Media and Communications at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in the Institute of Communications Research. Her dissertation looks at gendered gatekeeping in stand-up comedy as a media industry, including the sexual harassment and threats women comics and fans face from local comedy scenes to social media. (click here for full bio)

New and Emerging Distribution Platforms: Reaching Audiences Beyond the Big Screen

Dr. Aymar Jean Christian: Aymar Jean "AJ" Christian is an assistant professor of communication studies at Northwestern University and a Fellow at the Peabody Media Center. His first book, Open TV: Innovation Beyond Hollywood and the Rise of Web Television on New York University Press, argues the web brought innovation to television by opening development to independent producers. (click here for full bio)

Edwin Linker: Edwin Linker is a producer for Forager Films, Chicago. Together with his two partners -- filmmakers Joe Swanberg and Peter Gilbert -- Linker has produced six feature films including Swanberg’s “Happy Christmas” and “Digging for Fire,” his wife Kris Swanberg’s “Unexpected” and Alex Ross Perry’s “Queen of Earth.” (click here for fun bio)

Ted Reilly: Ted Reilly is a passionate storyteller and entrepreneur. As executive director of Chicago Media Angels  he is focused on organizing, educating and accelerating savvy media investors in the Midwest. (click here for full bio)

Caitlyn Johnson, (CJ Thomas), Director of Seeds (OTV): Caitlyn Johnson is a senior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she majors in Media and Cinema Studies. Growing up, Caitlyn has always held a strong interest in cinema and has been making short films from a very young age. (click here for full bio)

Both panels will be moderated by UIUC Department of Media and Cinema Studies faculty Dr. Jenny Oyallon-Koloski.

The complete festival program will be released on the Illinifest website shortly. 

About Illinifest Student Film Festival

Illinifest Student Film Festival is a celebration of student and professional short-filmmaking, curated by students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our mission is to create a platform for diverse voices in filmmaking and expose our campus and community audience to short films from all over the globe. The Midwest Student category showcases works by students at the U of I and all over the U.S. Midwest to help pave a path for their films. The World Competition presents short films by filmmakers all over the world in an effort to engage our local audience in a dialogue about film and film culture.

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