Film festival at The Joan

'Short fUWS', the University of Western Sydney's short film festival, is on its way to The Joan Sutherland Centre in Penrith - opening its curtains at 5.30pm on Thursday 31 May 2012.

The festival, which has been organised by the University's Careers & Cooperative Education team, will feature a collection of short films "made by students for students".

The competition, which is open to all UWS students, encouraged budding filmmakers to create a 2-3 minute film on a handheld device - such as a Smartphone, Tablet or iPod - that creatively showcases a career or occupation within the Communication Arts industry.

Freny Tayebjee, Manager of Careers & Cooperative Education at UWS, says the Short fUWS competition has been designed as a mutually beneficial learning experience, for the students making the films as well as those viewing them.

"The videos have been made by students, for the benefit of other students who want more information about a range of careers in the arts industry,"

says Ms Tayebjee.

"We expect our budding filmmakers will come up with some really great ideas, and the resulting videos will provide viewers with a great understanding of what it takes to get into a career in Communications media."

Four winners of the competition will be announced, including the 'Best Overall Film', 'Best Technical Film', 'Most Informative Film', and the 'Viewer's Choice Award', as voted by UWS students.

The prize for 'Best Overall Film' is the opportunity to participate in a

105 hour unpaid internship with the UWS Production Unit and TVS, where the winner will have access to equipment and the opportunity to re-shoot their work under supervision.

The 'Best Technical Film' will win a Flexi10 Pass to the Sydney Film Festival, while the 'Most Informative Film' and 'Viewer's Choice' winners will each walk away with the choice of various cinema passes for themselves and nine friends.

Entrants will also be entered into a competition to win a lunch with Todd Sampson, the CEO of Sydney Advertising agency Leo Burnett and co-creator of the Earth Hour initiative.

Short fUWS is being run as a part of the National Career Development Week

(NCDW) 2012.

Those who love watching films or fancy themselves as potential film critics are encouraged to come along to the festival and support UWS students.

Audience members will also have the opportunity to win a Westfield Shopping voucher.

For more information please email j.simpson@uws.edu.au

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