Oxy's Student Filmmakers
Blogger: Carol Ma
The Oxy Student Film Festival is held every year to present film projects that are created by Oxy students. I am interested in film so I signed up immediately when I got an email asking for volunteers for the film festival.
It was a valuable experience for me because I got to do so many things I’ve never done before. For instance, we did not have enough funds for prizes so one Friday afternoon, me and the student production coordinator went out and asked for sponsorship from local businesses. We went door to door and introduced the event to business owners. It was not easy for me at first because I had never asked so many strangers for their financial help. But as I talked to more and more businesses, I felt more comfortable explaining what our event was and why we needed their support. I got to step out of my comfort zone and gain communication skills through the preparations for the film festival.
Any Oxy student was welcome to submit their films as long as they were original, so we received films from both Media, Arts & Culture majors as well as amateurs. As a member of the selection committee, I got to watch all the submissions and I was astonished at how professional some of the submissions were. The final showing was two hours in Choi Auditorium. When the lights were off and the crowd got quiet, it really felt like watching a movie in the cinema. The audience members were students from all different majors and classes, and because of the film festival they had the opportunity to meet the student directors and faculty members from the Media, Arts, & Culture department. The all-encompassing environment is what I love about Oxy.