sleepless in lake placid – 24 hour filmmaking competition

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Signature Film Forum Event Expands

There will be more sleeplessness at this year’s Lake Placid Film Forum. Now in its third year, the Forum’s “Sleepless in Lake Placid” 24-hour filmmaking competition has added a sixth college to the line-up of teams that will join the festivities at the Forum. For the first time there will be six colleges competing in the Lake Placid Film Forum’s third annual filmmaking competition. “This year’s Sleepless will provide more fun for more people and widen the Forum’s connections with film schools and young filmmakers,” says Artistic Director Kathleen Carroll.

Returning to this year’s competition will be teams of film students from Ithaca College, Syracuse University and Burlington College. Participating in the competition for the first time will be teams from Middlebury College, Ohio University, and SUNY Purchase. Teams will consist of 4 students enrolled in the undergraduate programs at their respective schools, working under the guidance of one faculty advisor.

In keeping with the Forum’s longstanding commitment to education, this event brings together students from film schools to participate in the experience of creating a short film within the constraints of a 24-hour time deadline. For developing filmmakers, the competition is a practical exercise in the pleasures and difficulties of filmmaking, highlighting the relative roles of creativity, craft, spontaneity, time, resource management, and teamwork in the process of making a film. In turn, the competition has become the centerpiece of the Forum with an entertaining, “American Idol”-style showcase of competition films held on Saturday night, June 13, at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Two prizes are awarded: the Robin Pell Emerging Filmmaker Award (which includes a cash prize) and the Audience Choice Award.

This year’s Lake Placid Film Forum begins June 11 and ends June 14. Students participating in the Sleepless competition will also be able to meet the Forum’s invited filmmakers, attend screenings, and participate in a professional “pitch session” hosted by the Mobile Film School.


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raoul peck, russell banks


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