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Oscar-style awards and voting on the best films set for this weekend at Cameo Theater and Bauman Auditorium

George Fox University's Cinematic Arts department will roll out the red carpet this weekend for its 20th annual Fox Film Festival, showing films at the Cameo Theater and on campus at Bauman Auditorium, with more than 20 entries in 18 categories up for awards.

The event starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Cameo. Tickets are $4 for one or $6 for two. The festival will showcase 8- to 10-minute films created by GFU students and the winners will be announced after the Bauman showing at 7 p.m. Saturday.

"This is our 20th anniversary, but we are not clear as to when the festival actually started -- the first mention was in 1998," Jake Thiessen, assistant director of marketing for the festival, said.

However, back then the films were on VHS tapes and the event took place in Wood-Mar Auditorium. Some believe that the festival was established in 1999, but no one seems to know of sure.

On Friday about a dozen films of genres ranging from comedy to drama to documentary and horror will be screened. The deadline for entry for submissions was April 5, but a decision as to what films will be screened when hadn't been set as or press time Tuesday morning. Any student who worked on a film could submit an etnry.

The event will culminate with an awards ceremony on Saturday night, with the winners selected for best director, best produced screenplay and the people's choice award.

"We will have opportunities in the lobby at the Bauman (Auditorium) after the awards to talk with the filmmakers," Thiessen said. "There will be a voting time through texts for the best film at the Cameo and Bauman and we will make that announcement right away."

"Basically, the Fox Film Festival is like the Oscars for our students," said Michelle Dawson, director of university events.

In 2017, "One Giant Leap" won the people's choice award at the Cameo and "The Real American College" at Bauman Auditorium. Although "Lucy and the Fly," directed by Emily Hamilton, did not win any awards at the 2017 festival, Hamilton entered the film at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Media Arts Festival, where it earned the national award.

Thiessen, a GFU senior majoring in video production, got his influence from his mother, a GFU grad in the same department. He has entered three films in the festival this year.

"We were always running around with a camera in our hands, so I said I might as well make this a career!" he said.


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