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Visions 2014 Alumni Film Festival

Visions Alumni Film Festival

This year, in addition to its annual celebration of student work, Visions is hosting an Alumni Film Festival to recognize the outstanding achievement in visual media by American University alumni. Visions will accept submissions in the fields of documentary, fiction, and emerging media, to be screened at the Alumni Film Festival. All submissions must be under 10 minutes. The best submitted work will be honored at the Visions Award Ceremony in May. 

The Festival will also host workshops, panels, and a reception as an opportunity for current students to network with alumni and for alumni to share their experiences in various fields of media with current students.

The festival will take place on April 12, 2014 in the Forman Theater in the School of Communication’s new home, the McKinley Building. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Krystala Skordalos at krystala.skordalos@student.american.edu.

Event Schedule


1:00 – 2:15 p.m. – Freelancing: The How To’s (Workshop)

Alumni Presenter: Brandon Bloch, Independent Filmmaker

2:30 – 3:45 p.m. – Maintaining Relationships With Other AU Alumni (Panel)

Moderator: Krystala Skordalos, Festival Director and Current MA Film & Video Student
Alumni Panelists: Brandon Bloch, Independent Filmmaker; Irene Magafan, Natural History Filmmaker; Kayt Jonsson, Multimedia Production Specialist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Alumni in Various Fields of Media (Panel)

Moderator: Russell Williams, Oscar Award Winning SOC Faculty Member and AU Alumnus
Alumni Panelists: Justin Schauble, Executive Producer, New District Media; Mary Kate (MK) McKenna, Mary Kate McKenna Photography, Maura Ugarte, Documentary Filmmaker & Professor at Catholic University of America; Michelle Handleman, Producer, NASA Goddard Office of Communication; Tangela Richardson, National Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration’s Office of Communication External Affairs

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Reception

7:00 – 8:15 p.m. – Screenings of Submissions

Alumni Submission Form

I hereby authorize and consent for American University (“University”) to the taking of photographs, motion pictures and/or audio tape recordings of myself (herein “Materials”) and screen the materials I have submitted for Visions 2014. I hereby consent to and authorize the University to use and/or publish said Materials for the following purposes: 1. Teaching and information applications; 2. Professional journals and papers; 3. Institutional publicity and public relations, including without limitation the publication of my image on the University’s website; 4. Archival purposes; and 5. Any other purpose which the University deems fit in the interest of education, knowledge, research, marketing, advertising, or public relations. I agree that all right, title and interest in and to all such photographs, motion pictures and audiotapes and any reproductions or derivative work thereof shall be the exclusive property of American University. I understand that the University may keep or may use the Materials and derivative works now and in the future. I agree that the University does not owe me any compensation for the acts that I have consented to in this agreement. I hereby release American University, its officers, directors, agents and employees from all liability or legal responsibility that may arise from the acts that I have authorized or consented to herein. Vision's Theme: The theme this year is MEDIA THAT MATTERS. The applicant needs to explain why this piece of media matters to the audience or larger public for which it is designed. For instance, in terms of your design and concept, how does it provoke discussion, shed insight, expand understanding? Why does this subject matter to you and/or others who will experience this work of yours?