A Message from the Chair (cont.)
Those of you who are new to student film
festivals may be surprised to learn that you are educators as well
as spectators. The majority of the works you will see are being
put before the public for the first time, and the first audience
reaction is often the single most important event in a filmmakers
learning process. (I have vivid memories of watching my own student
magnum opus for the first time with an audience, the images passing
as a blur in front of me as I listened to the audience response.
Their first laughter, which came exactly where it was supposed to,
gave me chills.) Having let you in on this little secret, I now
ask you not to be intimidated by your educational role. Relax, please.
Enjoy the show and the emerging talents displayed before you.
Chair, Film Division