PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville Film & Media Arts program will host its second annual film festival in Booth Auditorium on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9. The festival, which is produced by students in the university’s film festival class, will screen 35 submissions from across the country by professionals, high school and middle school students, and UPIKE students.
The festival begins at 8 a.m. on April 8 and films will be shown throughout the day until 9 p.m. The first day of the festival will include screenings of high school and middle school films including a feature length film by middle school students who will be in attendance. UPIKE students will screen their films beginning at 6 p.m. After each block, filmmakers will take questions from the audience. Awards for young filmmakers will be given in the early afternoon.
Panels led by UPIKE staff and students are also scheduled throughout Friday morning and include, “How to Make a Short Film” by Andrew Reed, MFA, program director and assistant professor of film and media arts at UPIKE, an FMA student panel, and a panel on storytelling in news by Caleb Noe, UPIKE alumnus and Cumberland Valley Bureau Chief for WYMT-TV.
Friday’s festivities conclude with a screening of the professional documentary “American Road” at 7 p.m. The film explores how mystery roads have contributed to American culture. The director and crew of the film will be in attendance and answer questions.
Professional films “Hollis Treasures” and “Mourning Hills” will kick off Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. “Hollis Treasures” tells of an Alabama historian and curator preserving memories of decades gone by. “Mourning Hills” is a coming-of-age story of two sisters. The films’ director, Todd Campbell, is scheduled to answer questions via Facetime.
The documentary “I Come From” will be screened at 3:15 p.m. This feature focuses on incarcerated individuals who seek to change their life through the arts, such as poetry and playwriting. The director of the film is scheduled attend and will take questions following the screening.
Saturday’s events will conclude with an awards ceremony for films presented earlier in the day. The campus and community are welcome to attend both days of the festival. For more information, email [email protected]