Ithaca College Quarterly 2005/1


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Cell Phone Film Fest

In today's media marketplace, it's all about thinking small and mobile. That's the premise of Cellflix, the first student film festival for movies shot entirely on a cell phone. The contest is being sponsored by the Park School, which has invited high school and college students to submit a 30-second film on a subject of their choice for a chance to win the grand prize of $5,000.

"How do we grab our viewers' attention, communicate an idea or message, produce compelling images, and tell great stories -- all in 20 or 30 seconds?" asks Dianne Lynch, dean of the Park School. "It can be done. And high school and college students are the ones who are going to teach the rest of us how to do it.

"The Park School continues to look out at the media horizon in order to understand the next 'killer app' -- and to be sure our students are ready to engage with it," says Lynch. "That's the role of a good communications school: we not only respond, we anticipate. And that's why we decided to create this contest, in order to both inspire and recognize creative uses of this new visual medium."

Complete rules and entry information are available at The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2006. All entries will be reviewed by a panel of film students and faculty, who will select 10 finalists. A panel of professional filmmakers will choose the 2006 grand prize winner from among the finalists. The works of all 10 finalists will be presented and the grand prize winner announced online on January 30, 2006.

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