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Filmmakers compete in inaugural Skyline International Film Festival
Students and pros roll out new movies April 22-23 at University of North Georgia Gainesville campus
The student-run Skyline International Film Festival looks to educate, enhance and support filmmakers and students in UNG’s film program by giving them hands-on experience.

Skyline International Film Festival

When: 2-9:30 p.m. Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23

Where: Ed Cabell Theatre, University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Cost: $15 weekend pass for adults and $8 for students, $10 day pass for adults and $5 students

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The Skyline International Film Festival is coming to the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus April 22-23.

Sponsored by UNG, SIFF will feature a variety of films from students and filmmakers from across the globe.

SIFF will be held at the Ed Cabell Theatre on the UNG Gainesville campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, in Oakwood.

The public may purchase weekend passes for $15 whiles students can enter for $8. Day passes are $10 for the public and $5 for students. Passes can be purchased on the festival’s EventBrite page.

The student-run festival looks to educate, enhance and support filmmakers and students in UNG’s film program by giving them hands-on experience hosting a festival. Those attending will get a behind-the-scenes perspective of film production and the opportunity to meet up-and-coming filmmakers.

Of the more than 100 films submitted by UNG students, domestic and international filmmakers, 40 were selected for viewing. All the films were viewed and rated by students, faculty and working filmmakers for selection to be shown at the festival.

“This part of the festival planning is a great opportunity for students, because it allows them to participate in the festival selection process from the other side,” said Dr. Jeff Marker, head of the Department of Communication, Media and Journalism at UNG. “When they submit films to other festivals, they will have a sense of the quality of their competition and what selection committees are looking for.”

Films from six UNG students and faculty member Benjamin Garner will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23. A question-and-answer session will be after the films, allowing so all UNG filmmakers to discuss their work.

Screenings begin at 2 p.m. Friday with the film “Pechorin,” by Roman Khrushch. The festival will culminate with the gripping drama/thriller “Intersection” by Tim French on Saturday.

Friday night’s festivities will conclude with writer/director Bradley Bethel’s documentary, “Unverified: The Untold Story Behind the UNC Scandal,” which delves into higher education, athletics and academics, and the sports news media. Bethel will speak to attendees at noon Friday about truth in documentary filmmaking.

Awards will be presented in a variety of categories, including direction, editing, writing, acting and cinematography. Two prizes will be awarded to student filmmakers for best student film and best student animation.

In fall 2015, UNG launched a bachelor’s degree in film and digital media designed to prepare students to work in the film and television industry. That December, the first six degrees of the major were awarded.

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