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Theatre Arts Department Hosts Cinema Competition

The Department of Theatre Arts is sponsoring the Ole Miss Cinema Competition for any student interested in writing or directing his own short motion picture.

“This competition is designed to encourage students to take the reigns, control their own work and come up with something original to their own visions,” said Alan Arrivée, assistant professor of theatre arts and director of the new cinema minor.

To enter the competition, students must write a script for a short movie to be shot in high-definition, and applicants need to be careful not to exceed 15 minutes of show time. Michael Barnett, assistant professor of theatre arts, said that the department has high hopes for a large number of students entering the contest.

“With the increased interest in the cinema classes being offered, and the new cinema minor that we are hoping to be able to offer in the next academic year, we believe that there will be a great deal of interest in this competition this year, and hopefully in the years to come,” Barnett said.

The winner and runners-up of the competition will be given $500 to produce their short, and they will have the full support of the theater department’s costume studio, receiving assistance from costume designer Bethany Reeves and assistant costume designer Casey Edwards.

The resulting shorts will be screened in Meek Hall Auditorium as part of the 2010-2011 Ole Miss Theatre season, and they may also have the opportunity to screen their shorts at the upcoming Oxford Film Festival.

Freshman hospitality management major Elizabeth Musser said that this opportunity is incredible and wishes that her field of study offered competitions like this.

“Offering an opportunity to students where they get to show off their hard work is awesome and is good, healthy competition,” Musser said. “I wish my major offered contests where we are rewarded for our hard work, and at the same time get to show it off.”

Arrivée is looking forward to seeing what the students have in store for the contest. 

“Healthy competition, especially that outside of a class environment, can bring student work to a new level,” he said.

This is certainly a new opportunity for students, and the theater department is looking to expand even further on the program.

“The department of theater arts plans to make this a yearly competition, and we’d like to see this and other cinema-related activities grow as time goes on,” Arrivée said.

The competition is accepting applications up until this Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. Applications must be submitted in the drop box located in Isom 110, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The winner and runners-up will be announced Friday, Dec. 3, 2010.

The production of the shorts will be completed by Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, and post-production will be completed by Monday, March 28, 2011.

The screenings of the completed shorts will be in Meek Auditorium on Thursday, April 7 through Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Alan Arrivée, Rory Ledbetter or Michael Barnett in the theater department.