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Bill Cosford Cinema hosts three-day showcase of UM student-made films

The Bill Cosford Cinema has had an eventful spring semester with the Miami Film Festival, The Sight & Sound Top Ten series, weekly Cinematic Arts Commission screenings, and the Between the Shorts Miami Film Festival.

The on-campus movie theater will close out the semester with the University of Miami (UM) ‘Canes Film Festival, which promises to be a captivating three-day event held from April 28-30.

Hosted by the Department of Cinematic Arts and cinematic arts fraternity Delta Kappa Alpha (DKA), ‘Canes Film Festival is an annual festival that only accepts projects by UM students that were completed for a Department of Cinematic Arts course. Attendees can expect to view over 100 films from both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in CCA courses.

Friday will showcase undergraduate films from CCA 100-299, and Saturday will feature both undergraduate and graduate feature films from courses CCA 300-399 and CCA 600-699. Sunday will conclude with undergraduate films from CCA 400-599 and graduate films from CCA 700-815.

Following the awards ceremony on Sunday evening, festival attendees can enjoy a reception outside the theater to close the weekend. Awards to be presented include Best of the Fest, Audience Favorite, and the Dean’s Award. Films will also receive accolades for the best actor/actress, cinematography, editing, script, and more.

One of the student filmmakers, Allie Salvucci, a senior majoring in motion pictures screenwriting & advertising management, submitted her film “On The Way Home.” The film follows the story of Ayla, a 22-year-old college student who stops at a gas station alone at night, and the uncomfortable interaction she has there, which Salvucci believes is a very common experience that women share. Salvucci emphasized the importance of authenticity and centering women in the creation of the project.

Another student, sophomore motion pictures production major Nicky Gonzalez, worked on her short film “Digital Craze” with a crew of three and no budget. The film, created for her Storytelling Workshop class, sheds light on the modern obsession with digital influencers. Gonzalez expressed her pride in the story they developed and her excitement to see the films made by her peers who worked tirelessly to get their vision on the screen.

Interested parties can visit canesfilmfestival.com for further details on the event. This year’s ‘Canes Film Festival promises to be a culmination of hard work and creativity, where UM students have the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills to the world.

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