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Phone: 908-737-4092

The Purple Violet Film Festival Seeks Student Short Films

UNION, N.J. – Premiere Stages and the Department of Media & Film at Kean University are currently accepting submissions to the third annual Purple Violet Film Festival. The festival takes place on April 22 on the Kean University campus and will feature screenings of studentfilms, lectures and workshops by industry professionals, and a Q & A with a special guest artist.

Submissions to the festival will be accepted in four short-film categories: Comedic, Animation, Dramatic and Documentary. Interested students should submit three copies of their film on DVD (electronic submissions will not be accepted). The films will be screened and evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of faculty and staff from the Department of Media & Film as well as leading professionals in the field. A winner will be selected in each category. A formal viewing at Kean University will conclude the festival. The four winners will be awarded a cash prize of $250. All winners and an “Audience Favorite” will also receive framed certificates.

High schools students are also encouraged to submit 30-second public-service-announcement videos. Four winners will be selected. Each receives a cash prize of $100. All submissions will be screened throughout the day on April 22, and the winners will be formally screened with the winning films.

Submission to the Purple Violet Film Festival is free of charge. Film-makers can download guidelines from The deadline for entries is March 22, 2008.

Admission is free for all festival events. For directions, please visit or call 908-737-SHOW (7469). Located on the Kean University campus, Premiere Stages offers affordable prices, air-conditioned facilities and free parking in close proximity to the theatre. Premiere Stages is produced in part from support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.