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Image Maker Amateur Film Festival


The Studio@620 invites you to “Image Maker Amateur Film Festival”, a project initiated by USF Graduate Studies Intern Jon Faiell.    After weeks of accepting and reviewing submissions, our panel of judges have fine tuned their selections and will present awards to winners during the screening of the highest ranking films on Friday May 14, 2010.

Come see what fresh minds are creating in video!  Admission by donation.  Doors open at 6:30 PM, presentation begins at 7:30 PM.


Call to Videographers -- NOW CLOSED

The Studio@620 invites amateur and aspiring film makers to submit entries for our first Image Makers Amateur Film Festival.  Submissions may be made in either “Education” or “Open” Theme categories.  Applicants may submit up to 2 (two) works for consideration. Entry length up to 30 minutes and submitted on DVD format.   Education theme may include How-To videos, or cover topics such as History, Math, English, Political Science etc.  Open theme may include documentaries, short stories, animation, music, commercials, etc.

Submissions must be received no later than Saturday April 30, 2010.  Interested participants may download an application form online at or request one via email to  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top film in each category. An awards ceremony and screening of winning films will be held at The Studio@620 on Friday May 14, 2010. 

Click Here to download an entry form

Festival Overview

Image Maker is a festival for new and fresh visions from amateur image-makers who have previously used venues such as You Tube, Facebook and other interactive sites as outlets for expression. The emphasis of this festival is to highlight emerging film makers who are not presently working as professionals within the film industry. 

About the Festival

Image Maker Amateur Film Festival was developed in partnership with a graduate class presented at USF St Petersburg by Professor Thomas Hallock of the English department.  Graduate student Jon M. Faiell is a major in adult English literacy education and is over seeing. Faiell formally spent over 25 years in the audiovisual world of film and video production prior to entering graduate studies.  As part of his coursework Mr. Faiell expressed that he would like to coordinate an amateur image making festival that emphasized everyday individuals from all occupations and lifestyles that wanted to express their ideas and artistic visions without the main goal being Hollywood material even if it turned out that it was. 

Submissions will be scored by a panel of judges based on several criteria including story, clarity of narrative, character development, pacing, dialogue, sound design, cinematography, performance, editing, and lighting.  Winning entries from each category (educational or open theme) will be screened during an awards ceremony to be held at The Studio@620 on May 14, 2010.




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