Sorin Reel seeking new submissions

On any typical Friday night hanging out with your friends, you might think, “wow, someone should make movie of our lives.”

Now imagine premiering your film on a huge screen in front of a live audience that is fidgeting in their seats, waiting for the push of the play button. All of this is possible if you just submit a film to the Sorin Reel Film Festival.

Every semester the amateur film festival showcases work from students at St. Edward’s University.

Director of the Festival and President of Sorin Reel Film Society Jon Wayne Martin, a senior, said the festival is a “good place to start and get creative” because it “gives filmmakers a chance to show their films on a big screen in front of an audience.” That, according to Martin, can make a huge difference on the film’s reception.

The Sorin Reel Film Festival started in 2008 and has been gaining a lot of attention and recognition ever since.

The other festival director, alumnus Marc Sherman, said most of the winners have gone on to do bigger and better things in the film industry.

The festival also allows for creativity. Films of all genres are accepted.

“The fun part about these events is that everyone who makes a movie has a different style and approach,” Sherman said. “Every festival has had a great variety of genres.”

This semester the Sorin Reel Film Festival will be held on Friday, March 25 at 7p.m. in Jones Auditorium, and everyone is welcome.

Austin has a growing film community and has had many big name films pass through.

Sherman said that Sorin Reel will borrow judges from the Austin Film Festival for the big event.

Because many of the previous winners have graduated, Sherman said the playing field will be leveled for new competitiors.

“There are a lot of kids with fresh ideas on this campus who can bring something really great to the table, and I look forward to seeing what the new kids can do,” he said.

Martin said prizes in the past have been gift cards to the Alamo Drafthouse and passes to the Austin Film Festival.

The film festival will serve popcorn, cupcakes and other movie snacks for starving artists or just anyone who is starving.

The event is put on by the Sorin Reel Film Society that meets every last Monday of the month at 5:30 in Ragsdale 301.

The society promotes the school’s film community by watching and discussing movies in an academic manner. In this case they’re serious about what they do.

Submissions are due Monday, March 21. The submissions must be under 15 minutes in DVD format with a menu.

Interested students can contact [email protected] for more information.