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Film students showcase at Cannes

Students from DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts attend the Cannes Film Festival in a group led by Tim Peternel, assistant professor and faculty director of Film in Paris. (Photo courtesy of Tim Peternel)
This month, faculty and students from the School of Cinematic Arts will showcase their projects and experience the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, one of the world’s largest and most impactful film events. Two Cannes programs, the Marché du Film and Court Métrage, will feature projects from DePaul students and faculty. 

“Hominidae,” a collaborative effort between film and animation students, has been selected for a pitch and demonstration at the XR Development Showcase, which highlights 21 of the best XR projects, including virtual reality, augmented reality and mix reality. The CG-animated virtual reality film is an in-progress Project Bluelight production written and directed by Assistant Professor Brian Andrews. 

Meanwhile, three short films that girls from the Chicago Housing Authority created as part of DePaul’s summer documentary filmmaking program will be screening at the Short Film Corner​. The films— "Birthday," "Phenomenally Me" and "Without Dying" — were all filmed in Chicago with the guidance of School of Cinematic Arts faculty and graduate student mentors. 

DePaul students also are traveling to Cannes as part of a Film in Paris study abroad program. Program participants will stay at the festival for five nights, where they will attend screenings and international conferences. 

“Our goal is for the students to experience the international marketplace and see amazing filmmakers from around the world,” says Tim Peternel, assistant professor and faculty director of Film in Paris.