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Mohawk students launch new video festival for high school and college students

Third-year Broadcasting -- Television and Communications Media students in Mohawk's School of Media and Entertainment have launched a new Mohawk Video Festival to showcase the talents of college and high school students to industry professionals.

The Mohawk Video Festival, set for April 14 in the McIntyre Theatre at the Fennell Campus, will showcase student work in four categories. The videos will be judged by a panel of industry professionals and third-year Mohawk students.

High school students from Hamilton, Stoney Creek and Brantford are invited to submit video shorts of up to seven minutes that incorporate the theme of "making it better". Students can choose any genre to tell how a person, place or thing has made something better, or could make it better.  Participating teams must register by Feb. 14, 2011 to submit videos to the festival's ‘Open Categories’. Registrations received by Jan 14 will be eligible for an early bird rate.  

Third-year Mohawk Television students will also showcase their major projects at the festival.

Submissions will be judged by third-year Broadcasting Television students and representatives from industry, including:

  • Cindy Wrong, Supervising Producer, E.T. Canada (Mohawk College graduate)

  • Dolores Keating, V.P. Creative Director, CORUS Entertainment (Mohawk College graduate)

  • Cindy Csordas, Videographer, CHCH TV (Mohawk College graduate)

  • Tyler McNeil, Manager, Network Program Scheduling and Inventory, Network Programming Office CBC Television (Mohawk College graduate)

  • Sheena Snively, host "MTV Live" (Mohawk College graduate)

  • John Galway, President, Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund 

Prizes will be awarded to the top three videos, with the winning video played in its entirety at the April 14 festival, to be hosted by Shane Cunningham, a producer at Much Music and former MTV S-Trip Intern (also a former Mohawk College student).

Cash awards, trophies, tickets to the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival and community partner incentives are among the prizes to be won. 

The growing list of Mohawk Video Festival sponsors includes Applied Electronics Limited and the Hamilton Film & Television Office.

For more information on the Mohawk Video Festival, check out Facebook and Twitter or contact festival co-producers and Mohawk students Kris Rivera and Alison Reinders or Mohawk professor Denise Dickie.