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First Annual CCI Film and Photography Gala to benefit the ESL in Franklin Hall

Posted Feb. 6, 2012

The first annual College of Communication and Information (CCI) Film and Photography Gala invites Kent State University students to submit photography and short films for a juried competition to be held on Friday, March 30 at 5 p.m. in Franklin Hall. CCI, in conjunction with Kent State's Undergraduate Student Government, will sponsor the competition and event, with proceeds benefiting the Equipment Services Lab (ESL) in Franklin Hall.

"A lot of talented work is created by students that is left unseen because of a lack of opportunities for them to get it out in the public," said David Sadvari, CCI undergraduate student senator and chair of the event. "I'm hoping that this event will not only get students' videos and photographs more exposure in our Kent community but also in the respected industries of video production and photography by inviting professionals to be a part of the panel of judges."

Two separate competitions will take place at the Gala event: film and documentary photography. Images for the photography exhibition will be gathered from CCI photography, Visual Storytelling and photojournalism courses as well as student media and personal projects that occurred in the 2010-2011 academic year. No further photo submissions will be accepted.

The photography exhibition will take place at 5 p.m. in the FirstEnergy Auditorium Lobby and will consist of two rounds of evaluation.  Doors will open for the film screening beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the FirstEnergy Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for this business casual event.

Film submissions are due to Jennifer Kramer in 131 Moulton Hall (CCI Dean's Office) on or before March 26, 2012.   Participation is limited to current Kent State students but the film screening is open to the public. A non-refundable flat fee of $15 per person is required to enter either competition. Each participant may submit up to three entries for this fee. Each entrant will receive notification of acceptance by March 28, 2012.

All films must be viewable by a general audience and free from any obscene, provocative or inappropriate content. All works must be completed by Kent State University student contestants while currently enrolled.

Film Competition
Judging will be based on originality, technical merit, execution and audience appeal. Each film entry should be submitted on an individually-labeled DVD and can be between one and 15 minutes long. Films must have been created in the past two years and free of any copyright infringement.

Documentary Photography
Judges will rate photos based on creativity, photographic quality and reflection of the chosen theme. The top 10 entries will move on to the second round of judging, where first, second and third place winners will be selected.

The images that will make up the display are the product of student work from elementary and basic photography classes, Visual Storytelling, photojournalism and specialty classes, as well as photos taken from student media and personal projects from the 2010-2011 academic year. These photos will represent the diverse skills, talents, interests and passions of CCI students and showcase the vision of CCI faculty.

The College of Communication and Information at Kent State University offers a diverse combination of communication, information and visual disciplines of study. Each of its four schools -  Communication Studies, Visual Communication Design, Journalism and Mass Communication and Library and Information Science – and interdisciplinary program of Information Architecture and Knowledge Management, CCI offers courses and opportunities, providing students a broad educational perspective and intensive training.

For more information and detailed competition rules, visit the College website. Contact Jennifer Kramer at jlkramer@kent.edu with questions.

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Media Contact: Jennifer Kramer, , 330-672-1960