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Student filmmakers screen works at one-day festival in Byblos

The festival is held annually as a platform to screen and promote student films from LAU's courses that teach filmmaking and film production methods.

June 23, 2009—

Seven student filmmakers from LAU screened their latest works at the annual one-day non-competitive festival held at the Selina Korban Auditorium on the university’s Byblos campus yesterday.

Despite being held during the last week of final exams, more than 30 people turned up alongside a formal jury to watch the films that were produced in two separate courses offered by the School of Arts and Sciences — six of them from students in the Advanced TV Production course, and one from the Film Making course.

“Every student’s film has its own theme and point of view,” says Khalil Zaarour, an LAU communication arts graduate and part-time instructor in filmmaking who organized the event. “There was a lot of variety — abortion, the Lebanese elections, the explosions in Lebanon a few years ago, some romantic films … There was no theme.”

Zaarour says only works by filmmakers who didn’t have final exams and were able to attend the screening and engage in a dialogue with the jury were selected, as the goal of the event was to prepare students to present and defend their films. The jury asked questions and provided students with their critiques and views on the films screened.

“I did this on purpose so that the students would get used to defending their own films and learn to answer all sorts of questions about their films, as well as to prepare them for festivals,” says Zaarour. “It was also done so that the jury can evaluate the films and give feedback on the quality of each film in terms of everything — aesthetics, technical [aspects], artistic [features], production quality, narrative, etc.”

With running times that ranged from five to eight minutes, the seven films screened were: 3ajibé XXL by Roy Yaacoub, Verification by Helena Massoud, Missing the Bus by Christina Johae, Meen Mét Hal Marra? by Mireille Mouawad, The Hospital Window by Miriam Khoury, Danielle by Noor Bou Dagher, and Khache by Elyssa Bou Younes.

Held annually as a platform to screen and promote student films from LAU’s courses that teach filmmaking and film production methods, the event is hosted by LAU’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of the School of Arts and Sciences in Byblos.

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