SMPTE® and HPA® Issue Call for Entries for Student Film Festival

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Awards Will Recognize Creative Use of Technology to Tell Different Types of Stories in Different Ways; Deadline for Entries is Sept. 9

Barbara Lange, Matthew Ross Donato, and Wendy Aylsworth

The event will showcase the impressive creative talent of the Society’s youngest members

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, and the Hollywood Professional Alliance® (HPA®), the organization serving the professional community by providing expertise, support, tools, and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, and an array of content for a growing number of platforms, have issued a call for entries for the SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival. The film festival will be held during the SMPTE 2015 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2015), Oct. 26-29 in Hollywood, California.

“SMPTE is committed to supporting the next generation of technologists, and the SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival is a rich addition to our existing student engagement programs,” said Barbara Lange, executive director of SMPTE. “The event will showcase the impressive creative talent of the Society’s youngest members.”

Festival entries must fit into one of three award categories:

  •     Best creative use of technology to engage the audience in the story (run time 5 minutes, 30 seconds)
  •     Best portrayal of entertainment technology in the film — documentary format (run time 5 minutes, 30 seconds)
  •     Best creative use of virtual reality in storytelling (run time 3 minutes)

A fourth award, for best in show, will be voted on by the festival attendees and awarded on the evening of the festival.

“The merging of creativity and technology, at the heart of the combination of SMPTE and HPA, is also driving the future of content creation,” said Leon Silverman, president of the HPA. “We want to encourage the next generation’s vision and ability to tell stories in new and exciting ways. “

The SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival is open to full-time students currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, or film school. This is an international festival, and entries from all parts of the world are encouraged. As the festival focuses on technology, students should ideally major in an area that emphasizes engineering, science, advanced technologies, or fundamental theories associated with motion imaging, sound, metadata, and workflows consistent with SMPTE’s field of interest. Eligible students are required to have completed four courses toward their major course of study and be in good academic standing. Supporting documentation and identification must be presented in order to qualify.

The application form, requirements, and rules and regulations are online at http://www.smpte.org/film-festival. Entries will be accepted now through Sept. 9.

SMTPE membership is not a prerequisite; however, students may join as student members for just $35 or for free if this is their first year of membership and they apply via the Student Membership Challenge. Further information is available at http://www.smpte.org/student-membership-challenge.

Further information about SMPTE is available at http://www.smpte.org. Information about HPA is available at http://www.hpaonline.com.

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About the Hollywood Professional Alliance®
The Hollywood Professional Alliance® (HPA®) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools, and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at http://www.hpaonline.com.

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)
The Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), a professional membership association, is one of the leaders in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world sustain the Society. Through the Society’s partnership with the Hollywood Professional Alliance® (HPA®), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at http://www.smpte.org/join.

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