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SFU film students up for prizes at national fest

August 22, 2014

Patricia Gruben, 778.782.7881;
Carol Thorbes, PAMR, 778.782.3035;

Students, staff and faculty in Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts are hoping SFU student films strike gold and win prizes at the Canadian Student Film Festival (CSFF) from Aug. 23-27 in Montreal. This section of the World Film Festival is heavily dominated by SFU student screenings.

Nine of the 26 CSFF entries this year involve SFU student filmmakers, including Emma, a drama by Aerlan Barrett and Lifers, a docudrama by Joel Salaysay. Daniel Jeffrey, an SFU film student who started acting professionally at age 12, is the star of Emma.

Patricia Gruben, an internationally known SFU film instructor and film-maker, says, “For the last three years, SFU students have been responsible for a third of the CSFF’s showings. Why? I think we make more films than most other schools.

“We try to cultivate a collaborative atmosphere rather than a competitive one. Everybody gets to direct. The production instructors work very closely with students, who start making films in their first year and then just keep running.”

The winning films will share six prizes, including the Norman McLaren Prize for best Canadian film and the jury award for most promising director. The CSFF is the only competitive film festival in North America recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Association based in Paris.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 130,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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