Dimmed lights, hushed audience, larger-than-life images…the start of the much-anticipated Messiah College Student Film Festival, Splice, brought the culminating moments of a year of hard work for COMMunity digital media and film students. Held Sunday, April 26, in Parmer Cinema, the festival featured five juried films on a wide range of topics and genres. Student directors and producers followed up their individual screenings with presentations about their filmmaking experiences, highlights, and challenges.
For the first time, this year’s festival relied on a panel of three alumni judges—Mike Ortiz ’09, Lynn George ’11, and Rolando Vega ’14—to rank films for special category awards. Splice audience members also voted on the ever-popular “People’s Choice” award. Festival entries and awards included:
- Meshes of the Fall (directed by David Wingert ’15) – Best Editing
- There Were Giants (directed by Scott Orris ‘15 and Kyle Kull ‘15)
- Last (directed by Kyle Kull ’15) – Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography
- Like Rain (directed by Lindsay Corriveau ’16 and Kayla Carraci ’15) – Best Directing, People’s Choice
- The Neighborhood (directed by David Wingert ‘15 and Mark Trinkle ‘15, Produced by Kayla Carraci ’15)
Following the event, the 100 attendees celebrated student filmmakers at an hors d’oeuvres reception in Howe Atrium.