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April 13, 2011

Show
Us Your Shorts: Student- run film festival enters its third year

What
started as a class project in 2009 by Jeanette Burman BA ’10, then Art History
undergraduate at the U of C, is now a full fledge practicum for twelve Communication
and Culture students and one of Calgary’s only festivals of short films.

When
Burman created Show Us Your Shorts as a class project she had no idea it would
grow legs and last this long. The success of the first festival in 2009
prompted her to run it again for credit as a part of an independent study
course under the supervision of Professor George Melnyk in 2010. Now, with some
guidance and mentorship from Burman, twelve students from the 2011 class are
running the festival and earning experience in all aspects of cultural planning
including marketing, media, events coordination, artist relations and film
programming.

“The
festival has consistently had a University of Calgary connection,” says Burman.
“For me, it was initially a crash course in festival planning and cultural
industries. I had to dig into my own arts connections and discover what was
already out there in film and festivals in Calgary to see how this could be
vital and have a life beyond that first year.”

Since
2009, Burman has been contacted by members of Calgary’s film community and
other festivals who have advocated for her to continue with Show Us Your
Shorts.

“Now
my role has changed,” she says. “Professor George Melnyk and Donna Brunsdale approached
me to see if I was still running the festival and if I was open to creating a
practicum experience. It’s really become a training ground in the cultural
industry for undergraduate Communication and Culture students.”

This
year FILM 441 students have even added new festival programming, a component
titled Cinemester. This section of
the festival is a showcase of film produced entirely by students which will be
screened on campus by NUTV.

“Two
of these films were produced by SAIT students and one by University of Calgary
students. A panel of producers, writers and members of local arts organizations
will talk about the arts and cultural community in Calgary following the
screening.”

Show
Us Your Shorts will screen 23 selected short films this year along with a
complimentary program in collaboration with EMMEDIA. It runs April 21 – 23 at
the Plaza Theatre, EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society, and NUTV. For full
festival details visit http://www.showusyourshorts.ca/