Monday, March 05, 2007

Cellfix II - Better than ever!

Hey everybody,

It's that time of year again: Cellflix launched on March 1, and is accepting entries until April 1.

This year, we have TWO $5,000 awards -- one for work chosen by a group of distinguished judges and -- a new one -- the Texas Instruments Audience Award, for a film that wins the most votes from (you guessed it) the audience.

Take a look at, and pick up your cell phone. A Parkie won it last year, and there's no reason we can't do it again!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That’s fantastic, but I find it hard to believe we have money to fund this little festival of ours but can't provide help to all the talented filmmakers in our own school. Thesis kids need help too, and I'd like to see a detailed report on how and why certain projects get chosen over others when it comes down to handing out the money for the Pendleton grant applications.

I believe the school does itself a great injustice by not having a more in depth review process, including checking the backgrounds of students work, interviewing them, and having an open panel for them to make their case.

A currently agitated and disappointed student, as well as a concerned future film professional.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cellflix film festival is not a "little" festival of ours and it deserves the funding allocated towards it for where it originated and how far it's innovative qualities have come. I'm sure I speak for many when I say that I'm proud to see how much it has grown and to have Texas Instrument's audience choice award this time around.

As for the grant money...It's irrelevant and nonsensical to compare the Pendelton Grant funding to the prize for this festival. There are many other places Park spending goes as well.

Whether you like it or not, the cash prize is an encouragement for each participant to push their creativity. It is also a big draw for people all over the world to contribute, and this is what makes the festival grow and continue to recieve attention in the press.

As for the grant review process I can think of many reasons why a 'detailed' reported should not be released to students. It would do nothing positive for student or professor relations, and would only further what seems to be many student's bitterness. Consider talking with the professors as to why your project was not chosen, and working from there. Comparing others projects to yours by means of a report, is not enough grounds to say who is right or wrong.
Maybe in the future the process can contain a more detailed application, but for now thats the way it is. I'm sure the committee evaluated these well, and did not just pick projects at first glance. I'm sure the funding will support projects that seem promising for students as well as the school.

To the concerned future film professional, we're all in the same boat here, suck it up and paddle harder.

12:14 AM  

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