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Film Studies

The School of Writing, Literature, and Film offers courses in critical studies in film and screenwriting.   The film portal serves as a clearinghouse and information resource for term by term of credit-bearing cinema courses and film events for OSU campus and community.  If you wish to list a course or cinema event here, please contact Jon Lewis (jlewis@regonstate.edu) or webmaster Felicia Phillips (Felicia.Phillips@oregonstate.edu).

Film in English at OSU has a distinguished history.  From 2002 to 2007 OSU/English was home to the Cinema Journal, edited by School of Writing, Literature, and Film faculty member Jon Lewis, representing the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, a professional organization of film and television scholars with more than 3,000 members throughout the world. 

Interdisciplinary in approach, film has evolved as a co-discipline of literary studies and as a focused field of study which lends itself to OSU’s aspiration to become a truly global university.  In baccalaureate core courses in film, students learn to recognize the genres, traditions, and forms of cinematic expression and the cultural contexts in which they have evolved.  Building on new literacies and technologies, they learn skills of critical thinking, writing, and research.  Advanced film courses contribute to the Literature and Culture area of the MA in English and to interdisciplinary MAIS programs in CLA.  Elective courses in critical film studies are popular elective choices for students majoring or minoring in arts, women’s and ethnic studies, arts, foreign languages, anthropology, theater, and English.



Student Film Contest by Greenpeace

Enter to compete in an upcoming student film contest - part of the Postcards from Climate Change project which is an initiative of Greenpeace.  In March of 2015, we will showcase and reward the best short films on climate change by student filmmakers from across the United States. We are looking for regional climate stories of hope and courage. 

Entry is free and the online application is open for entries until Jan 15th, 2015.

The panel of judges will include well-known documentary filmmakers and climate change experts.  Entries should demonstrate excellence in filmmaking, tell a unique regional climate change story and should be 5-10 minutes in length.  For examples please see previous postcards.

Finalist films will premiere at The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital in March of 2015.  The first place winner will receive a cash prize of $500 and an all-expense paid trip to the premiere. Additionally, finalist films will be featured on the Postcards website, Greenpeace YouTube channel, and Greenpeace blog.


 McMinnville Short Film Festival Call for Entries 

Showcase Your Film! 

We would like to invite students interested in film or filmmaking to participate in the 4th Annual McMinnville Short Film Festival which will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at 7:00 PM, at the Coming Attractions McMinnville Theater in McMinnville, OR. 

We are pleased to announce that the McMinnville Sunrise Rotary has partnered with the film festival, and all sponsor donations, entry fees, and general donations are tax-deductible. The proceeds raised from the festival allow McMinnville Sunrise Rotary to promote their mission to make our community and world a better place in which to live.

Entries can be of any genre but must not be more than 15 minutes in total length. There is no age category for applicants.

Categories for the film festival are broken down as follows: 

·         Documentary and/or Informational 

·         Animated and/or Stop-Motion 

·         Music Videos 

·         Fiction: Comedy and/or Action and/or Musical 

·         Fiction: Drama and/or Suspense and/or Horror 

·         Under 18 (all genres)

This year we hope to return the “Under 18” category, and we are offering a cash prize for that category. All other categories will offer an Official Selection certificate and the top winner per category will receive a trophy as well.

Depending on how many entries we get, we may break down the two Fiction categories to their own individual genres but for now if you have a Comedy, it will fall under the first Fiction category above. If you have a Horror, it will fall under the second Fiction category. If you have a genre not listed (i.e. Sci-fi), you can still enter. Make it fit in one of the categories above. When you apply, there will be a sub-category where you can enter the specific genre.

In addition, we plan to offer roundtable sessions for filmmakers and the general public who enter a film or purchase an admission. These roundtable sessions will be offered in the afternoon prior to the viewing of the films.

Filmmakers whose films are selected as Official Entries will be invited to participate in a Q&A session at the end of the viewings. What a great opportunity to discuss your film and answer questions the audience may have!

The deadline to enter a film will be September 15th, 2014. The entry fee is $35 per film ($20 for Under 18 category). There is no limit to the number of films a filmmaker can submit.

EARLY BIRD OFFER - Films submitted prior to August 15, 2014, receive the Early Bird offer of $30 per film!

For more information, please visit http://www.mcminnvillefilmfest.org/ShortFilm/.

For updates, “Like” us on Facebook under McMinnville Short Film Festival!

Thank you for your consideration! We hope to see you at this year’s festival.

Nancy Morrow

Owner, Movietime Video

Proud Sponsor of the McMinnville Short Film Festival

Actuality Media 2014 Production Schedule

Make Movies. Change the World.

Actuality Media coordinates summer programs for current students and recent graduates interested in video, journalism, new media, social entrepreneurship or telling stories that matter. In each program students travel to a developing international community and learn how to produce a short documentary film about a social entrepreneur, nonprofit organization or other changemaker working there. We are now accepting applications for our 2014 documentary outreaches, heading to Ecuador, Kenya and Cambodia.

For more information, please visit the Actuality Media website here.



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