Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 6 – 9 pm | Alumni Hall, Loyalist College
Loyalist TVNM Student Screening is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.
When organizations in a small town work side by side for the same goals, magic happens. That was the plan when, four years ago, Belleville Downtown DocFest approached Loyalist College’s Film and TV Production (TVNM) program for the first time.
The aim was simple: to create an on-campus event that tied together our local documentary film festival with our community college’s film and media faculties. Teams of four TVNM students produce four-minute documentaries (4 x 4) on topics of local interest and a panel of local professional filmmakers provides onthe- spot feedback and scoring. Behind the scenes, Public Relations (PURE) students handle the event logistics from start to finish—from promotion to popcorn, if you will.
The first year saw an audience of 50 watch 12 four-minute submissions. By year three, over 150 attended, filling Alumni Hall to the seams. Under the mentorship of staff, the fledgling filmmakers work day and night to finish their 4 x 4 submissions in time for the public screening. Students have a keen eye and ear with each of the films giving four minutes of fame to our community’s stories. The panel’s feedback has proven invaluable for the students, offering honest critique and insight into techniques from storytelling to production. The top four presentations are selected, edited together to become Loyalist FourSquared and screened for the general public as part of DocFest’s ‘Local Spotlight.’