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NOVA students to tackle climate change in upcoming collaborative film

As part of the Film Without Walls film series, Film Collaborative International (FCI) at Northern Virginia Community College will develop and produce a short narrative around this year’s theme, “Climate Change.” This year, FCI members will collaborate with students from Dundee & Angus College in Dundee, Scotland.

After teaching film studies in Ethiopia as a Fulbright Scholar in 2015, Cinema Professor and Founder of FCI Lucy Gebre-Egziabher connected her film students from Ethiopia and NOVA. The students collaborated on the film Final Exam, launching the Film Without Walls project.

“We train students to be filmmakers and, in the process, to also be activists using this powerful medium to shed light on social, political and environmental issues,” Gebre-Egziabher said. “The idea of exploring climate change in our yearly production was inspired by current activities on the world stage on this topic. Each year, we collaborate on a film project with film students from different countries around the world.”

This year, FCI is interested in working with all of its peers so the Film Studies Department at NOVA-Alexandria is now hosting a film pitch competition that is open to all NOVA students from all six campuses. Gebre-Egziabher will be accepting all story ideas about this year’s theme. The storyline for the film pitch must be a comedy or drama that revolves around a student’s life and takes place on a college campus. Submissions for the competition are due by 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. Submissions can be emailed to Gebre-Egziabher at lgebre@nvcc.edu.

From the submissions, FCI will select three story ideas and invite the students to pitch their stories in person. Final selections will be made by Monday, Oct. 2. The FCI group will then develop the chosen story idea and make it into a short film. The finalist will be invited to be on the set of the film as the FCI students create the film. The finished product will be screened at the 2018 NOVA Student Film Festival and the winner(s) of the film pitch competition will be acknowledged for their contributions to the making of the film.

For additional information on the competition, film studies at NOVA or FCI, contact Gebre-Egziabher at lgebre@nvcc.edu or 703.845.6297.


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