AU’s Jay Sanders Film Festival to premiere award-winning student videos

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Jay Sanders Film Festival will premiere award-winning short videos from high school and university students throughout the United States and the world on Tuesday, April 10, at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

The Auburn Film Society and the Department of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts will present the winners of the annual International Movie Gallery Student Video Competition. The free screenings begin at 7 p.m. Seating is limited.

Each year, students from high schools and colleges throughout the world are invited to submit original short films for the competition. A total of 78 entries were accepted into this year’s competition and the Jay Sanders Film Festival will feature the finalists of the competition. Although most of the filmmakers are from the United States, there were entries from Hong Kong and Canada.

“The submissions we receive for the film festival are always creative and energetic,” said Hollie Lavenstein, the festival’s director. “Sometimes it’s difficult to narrow them down, but we try to represent all genres so the audience gets a good idea of how talented these film makers can be.”

Endowed by the Movie Gallery Corporation in 2001, the competition awards trophies and cash prizes of $1,000 to first-place winners in the high school and college divisions, $600 to second place winners and $275 to the third place winners of both divisions. The top films from each division are also shown on coming attraction reels in every Movie Gallery store in the United States and Canada following the festival.

The competition is an outgrowth of the Jay Sanders Film Festival, which brought classic and foreign films to Auburn before they became widely available through video rental.

The late Jay Sanders initiated and taught film studies at Auburn during a lengthy career as a professor of communications.

For additional information about the Jay Sanders Film Festival and the Movie Gallery Student Video Competition, visit the Jay Sanders Film Festival Web site at or contact Hollie Lavenstein, festival director, at (334) 844-2727 or

(Contributed by Vicki Santos.)

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