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University of North Georgia film festival features movies from around globe
College to screen 70 movies from May 19-21 at UNG Gainesville campus in Oakwood
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The Skyline International Film Festival will run from May 19-21 in the Ed Cabell Theatre at the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus in Oakwood.

Skyline International Film Festival
When: May 19-21
Where: Ed Cabell Theatre, University of North Georgia Gainesville campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Cost: $45 adults and $30 students weekend passes, $25 adults and $18 students day passes and $15 adults and $10 students workshop passes only
More info: skylinefilmfest.eventbrite.com

Seventy feature films from University of North Georgia students and filmmakers from across the world made the final cut for the upcoming Skyline International Film Festival in Oakwood.

Those 70 films were selected from more than 3,000 submitted that included filmmakers from 113 countries.

“It’s been a really cool process to watch the work and get to communicate with those filmmakers,” said Melissa Simpson, one of the film festival’s executive directors. “It’s been a really neat experience to see the work coming out of the different countries.”

Sponsored by UNG’s Department of Communication, Media and Journalism, the Skyline International Film Festival will be from May 19-21 in the Ed Cabell Theatre at the UNG Gainesville campus.

Weekend passes are $45 for adults and $30 for students. Day passes are $25 for adults and $18 for students. Workshops passes only for the weekend are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Passes may be purchased on the festival’s EventBrite page skylinefilmfest.eventbrite.com.

The student-run film festival aims to educate, enhance and support filmmakers and students.

Tatianna Pangle, the other film festival executive director, said a team of students selected the films to be shown at the festival.

“We wanted it to be as broad as possible,” she said, adding the films don’t look like they were made by amateurs.  “I feel like out of the … films we’ve selected, they are top notch and I’m super excited for our audiences to get to see them. There’s some incredible stories being told.”

Jeff Marker, head of the communication, media and journalism department and faculty advisor to student organizers, said quality was one of the main requirements for films.

“As much as possible, we wanted to hear from diverse voices from around the U.S. and around the world,” Marker said.

Each day of the festival culminates with a feature film screening. On May 19, the film is “American Zealot,” a narrative film. Saturday’s film is “After Fire,” a documentary about female veterans and their experiences. Sunday’s feature is “DeadThirsty,” a horror film made by Georgia filmmakers.

All three films will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

For more information, visit skylinefilmfest.eventbrite.com.

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