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Film Festival Readies for Fifth Year

This year marks the fifth season of the Finger Lakes Film Festival, an outlet to allow local amateur filmmakers of all ages to show and receive feedback on their original short films. The submission for the films is Monday, Oct. 1. Films 20 minutes or less are considered in a variety of categories, including animation, music video, documentary, narrative fiction, and experimental. Screenings of the films will take place in early November.

Kevin Dunn, associate professor of political science, took part in spearheading the creation of the Film Festival, along with several local business owners.

“The Film Festival had two goals when we created it,” Dunn explains. “The first was to provide a platform for local amateur film makers to show their work. We have a great deal of talent in the immediate region: from middle and high school kids to college students to adults who make films as a hobby. We wanted to provide them with a place in which to show their work, but also where their work would be validated and encouraged. The second goal was to provide the local viewing audience with exposure to some really great home-grown talent. We want people to see what types of creativity is abounding in the community and, hopefully, to inspire them to be creative as well.”

The event has been well received. “We’ve had faculty, staff and students all contribute (and win) films in the past two years.”

Awards will be given in five categories — documentary, narrative fiction, music video, animation, and experimental — in three age categories: K-12, college, general.

For more information on the 2012 Finger Lakes Film Festival, visit

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