CCI Film Gala to Benefit the ESL in Franklin Hall

The College of Communication and Information (CCI), along with the Undergraduate Student Government at Kent State University, will host a Film Gala at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 in Franklin Hall to raise money for the Equipment Services Lab (ESL) of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“A lot of talented work is created by students and left unseen because of a lack of opportunities for them to get it out in the public,” said David Sadvari, chair of the event and senior electronic media management and production major. “I’m hoping that this event will not only get students’ videos more exposure in our Kent community but also in the respected industries of video production by inviting professionals to be a part of the panel of judges.”

The gala will begin with a reception in the Third Floor Lobby of Franklin Hall, just outside of the FirstEnergy Auditorium. Doors to the FirstEnergy Auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m., and the film competition will start at 7 p.m.

General admission is $5, and competition entrants will receive two complimentary tickets. All film entries will be judged on originality, technical merit, execution and audience appeal.

“I’m excited that Kent State alumni Keith Potoczak, broadcast journalism, ’03, JMC-MA, ‘06; and Jeff Webb, electronic media production, ’08; of Think Media Studios will be part of the judge’s panel for the gala,” Sadvari said. “It’s great to have former students of the program helping out with current events.”

Film submissions are due to Nicole Gennarelli in Rm. 131 Moulton Hall (CCI Dean’s Office) on or before Nov. 1. Participation is limited to current Kent State students, but the film screening is open to the public. A non-refundable flat fee of $15 per entry is required by each entrant. Each entrant may submit up to three entries for this fee and will receive notification of acceptance by Nov. 4.

All films must be viewable by a general audience and free from any obscene, provocative or inappropriate content. All works must be completed in the past two years by current Kent State University students. The first place winner will receive a $75 book scholarship, second place a $50 book scholarship, and third place a $25 book scholarship. All scholarships will be deposited into students’ Bursars’ accounts. Competition winners can chose from different prize options in addition to the monetary award.

For more information, detailed competition rules, and entry forms visit the event page on the USG website, or CCI’s website at


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