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Take 5 film festival


Take 5 film festival

Take 5 film festival features cool stuff

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College Cavalier Film Festival is back this year with a new name and a new format.

The Take 5 Cav Film Fest, as the festival is now known, will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Friday, April 4, in the college's Regnier Center. It will feature workshops, a "movie food" lunch and a rolling presentation of the films that college and area high school students created and submitted for the event.

Everyone is welcome to attend but registration is required. The deadline to register is March 28. See the register for the Take 5 film festival page. Go here to sign up. The fee is $10. (The deadline for submitting a film is March 24 at midnight.)

After the film festival celebrated its 10th year last year, organizers decided to put less focus on the competition aspect and more focus on the event as a learning opportunity, said Molly Baumgardner, coordinator of journalism and media communications.

To that end, the festival will feature workshops led by area film-making and technology experts. The workshops will include sessions on movie makeup, FX editing, lighting GoPro use, scripting and storyboarding.

"Two years ago, we had a panel with area filmmakers that seemed to be pretty popular with students," Baumgardner said. "They really were intrigued to hear what the area filmmakers were doing....and just really interested in the mechanics of film-making and how to get locations and funding and what kind of software technology is out there."

One of the filmmakers who will be leading a workshop if his schedule permits is Jonathan Dillon, a former JCCC student who helped establish the film festival. He now is a Hollywood director, producer and editor.

In prior years, the festival often drew more than 50 submissions. The top three winners in each category were recognized along with an overall winner.

This year, there will be one winner in each of five categories: science fiction, documentary, narrative, animation and original music video. In addition, unlike prior years, all of the submitted films will be available for viewing. 

Not to be forgotten is the "movie food" lunch. It will include hot dogs, hot pretzels, nachos with cheese, popcorn, pop, water and candy.

The festival is sponsored by the college's Journalism and Media Communications Department, the Student Life and leadership Development Division and the College Information and Publications Department. For more information, contact Baumgardner at or 913-469-8500, ext. 4949.