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Expect crowds for 'I Dream In Widescreen' film showcase

Free screening of UA student films drew more than 1,000 last year.

The University of Arizona’s annual “I Dream In Widescreen” is fast becoming a must-see event. The free screening of final projects for bachelor of fine arts students from the School of Theatre, Film and Television is expected to have a more-than-full house at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, May 12.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. screening. Last year’s screening drew a record audience of more than 1,000.

The screening features thesis films written, produced and directed by UA students with actors from both the school and the community. The films represent both the final products of their academic studies, and hopefully, their introduction to professional film and television production companies.

Judges will also present the FotoKem New Filmmaker Award based on the projects. FotoKem, a Los Angeles-based post-production facility, is sponsoring a prize of $5,000 worth of professional services towards the winning director’s next project.

This year’s judges include Zoe Elton, a director in charge of programming for the Mill Valley Film Festival; independent film producer Robert Hawk; and Jon Korn, short features programmer for the Sundance Film Festival.

Two students will also be selected for the Entertainment Partners Awards for Excellence in Producing. The award recognizes the role of the producer in the filmmaking process. Entertainment Partners is the creator of Movie Magic Budget and Scheduling software.

Other sponsors for the screening include the Fox Tucson Theatre, the Jack and Vivian Hansen Arizona Film Institute at UA and the Loft Cinema.

If you can’t get in Saturday or you lust to see more future filmmakers, there’s another option next week. Pima Community College will host its own free screening of student projects on Monday and Tuesday, May 14-15 in the Proscenium Theatre at the college’s West Campus.

The PCC Digital Video and Fine Arts Screening will include short works from students, as well as the premier of this year’s group project, “Ninja Quest.” The group project is directed, funded and produced by the college’s advanced cinematography students under Digital Arts instructor David Wing. “Ninja Quest” was shot using broadcast quality, high definition digital equipment.

The PCC screening is spread over two days because of the number of student projects presented. The PCC screenings begin at 7 p.m. both evenings.

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If you go

  • What: “I Dream In Widescreen” presented by the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television
  • When: 7 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m.
  • Where: The Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.
  • Tickets: Free
  • What: “Digital Video and Film Arts Screening,” presented by Pima Community College
  • When: Monday and Tuesday, May 14-15 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre, PCC West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd.
  • Tickets: Free