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Student Films to Show at Cannes

By Rachel Judy

May 18, 2012

The Cannes International Film Festival held in May each year is well-known for showcasing the best and brightest in the film industry. This year, included among those stars will be several Regent University cinema-television students.

The festival will be held May 16-27 in Cannes, France. Seniors Tim Cibene and Lauren Leak, junior Alec Wittschiebe, and recent graduate Tim Kay will make the trip.

"I'm really excited to travel abroad and have the chance to network," Leak explained. Cibene agreed. "I'm hoping that Cannes will be a step forward," he added. Their film, Once Upon a Parkbench, will show in the festival's Short Film Corner.

The Short Film Corner provides filmmakers with a program of networking, conferences and workshops that deal with strategic issues for filmmakers. It also gives participants an "all-access pass" to experience the festival.

Kay's film The Silver Crown is also showing in the Short Film Corner. Kay recently received an award for directing this film during Regent's annual Student Film Showcase.

Cibene, Leak and Wittschiebe have also been selected as interns with the festival through talent agency William Morris Endeavor.

Once Upon a Parkbench has been on the festival circuit already, garnering showings at six festivals, including the Newport Beach Film Festival and West Chester Film Festivals, as well as receiving an honorable mention at the Los Angeles Movie Awards.

Check back in June for a recap of these students' week at Cannes.

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