With a script, characters, one mandatory prop, and a genre out of a hat, students participating in the First Annual 48-Hour Film Festival will be asked to create films in a short time period and compete against other teams.


KVIK, the Associated Students’ own film production office, and AS Productions Films are cosponsoring an event that challenges Western filmmakers to put together a five to 10 minute film in just 48 hours. The competition begins at 6 p.m. on April 12, and films premiere at a public event at 7 p.m on April 14 in Viking Union 552.KVIK Coordinator Robert Bojorquez said this idea has been with him since he started his position as the KVIK coordinator.


“It’s a shoot-for-your-life-and-cram event while still trying to execute the extra requirements,” Bojorquez said.


The festival will be a competition with judges evaluating each film on 10 different categories, including story and creativity, cinematography, special effects and others. The judges at the event are Kaveh Askari, a film history and theory professor in the English department; Patrick Dizney, a Western fine arts professor; Dawn Dietrch, a film and new media professor in the English department; and Nate Ward, a Western alumnus who is an executive producer at AnchorLight Productions.


The judges will be scoring for different categories, but the audience also has a choice.


The categories are grand prize winner, runner-up, honorary mention, audience choice award, best character, best original prop, best costume, best one-liner, and best dialogue exchange. Prizes for these categories range from free passes to the Viqueen Lodge, to dinner for two at Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, to gift certificates that were donated by local businesses.


The films of the category winners will be shown at the Pickford on April 16.


If interested in participating in the festival, pick up a hard copy of an application in Haggard Hall 114 and outside of VU 423, or email Bojorquez directly at as.kvik@wwu.edu.