Full Sail Real World Education Serves as Platinum Sponsor for "An Afternoon with Kevin Smith"

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Full Sail Real World Education is proud to announce that they served as a Platinum Sponsor for "An Afternoon with Kevin Smith," held on September 23, 2006 at 2 PM at the Orange County Convention Center.

Full Sail Real World Education is proud to announce that they served as a Platinum Sponsor for "An Afternoon with Kevin Smith," held on September 23, 2006 at 2 PM at the Orange County Convention Center.

In addition to serving as a Platinum Sponsor, Full Sail students and faculty constructed the Clerks set that was present on stage during Smith’s appearance. Over 400 students, staff, and faculty from Full Sail were also in attendance during the show.

In addition, all ticket holders were eligible to enter into the Next Generation Short Film Contest where the winner will receive a film package valued at over $50,000. Submissions have been narrowed down to ten finalists, including Full Sail student, Levi Hawkinson, and his film titled, "Chasing Parked Cars."

Smith, one of today’s most well known filmmakers, conducted a Q&A session for over 4,000 of his fans. This occurred at the conclusion of a full day of activities including a presentation by the Florida Independent Film Task Force Committee Panel, and a special screening of Clerks 10th Anniversary. Smith has written, directed and acted in many popular films such as: Chasing Amy, Mallrats, Dogma and Clerks.

The event was presented by Florida’s Future Filmmakers, an organization based in Orlando that focuses on forming a community for those in the film and entertainment industry. As part of their mission, they commit to bringing successful teachers, filmmakers and guest speakers from all over the country to the state of Florida.

“Full Sail is excited to be a part of this event with Florida’s Future Filmmakers and welcome a speaker and a talent such as Kevin Smith,” said Dave Franko, Full Sail Program Director for the Film Degree Program. “From the construction of the Clerks set, to our general participation, Full Sail students, staff and faculty are honored to be involved. It is wonderful to welcome speakers of this magnitude to Central Florida, and we are thrilled to be able to help bring this opportunity to the students we serve.”

Since 1979, Full Sail Real World Education, a college outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. With over 23,000 alumni, graduate credits include work on Oscar and GRAMMY-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tour five out of the last five years. Full Sail's 91-acre campus proudly welcomes over 5,000 students from all 50 states and 37 countries worldwide. Currently, Full Sail offers degrees in the following disciplines: Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Development, Recording Arts, and Show Production & Touring.

Students experience a “real world” education, with a professional class structure of 8-12 hours per day, and a 24-hour round the clock schedule which earned Full Sail the “Most Innovative Program” Award by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. Full Sail has also been named one of the top three entertainment media colleges by Shift Magazine alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (No. 1) and New York University (No. 2); Electronic Gaming Monthly named Full Sail one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world; Rolling Stone Magazine recently named Full Sail one of the “Best Music Programs” in the country, in addition to one of the “Best Music Business Departments” in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide, and UNleashed Magazine has just named Full Sail one of the Best Film Programs in the country.

For more information, please visit http://www.fullsail.com.

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