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Big Shoulders International Student Film Festival showcases emerging filmmakers

DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts hosts events Feb. 1-2

CHICAGO — Student filmmakers from around the world will convene at DePaul University this February to showcase their work at the Big Shoulders International Student Film Festival. Innovative student filmmakers from Mexico, the U.K., Hungary and Canada will attend screenings and compete for awards Feb. 1-2 on DePaul’s Loop Campus and at the Davis Theater in Lincoln Square.

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Students from more than a dozen countries on five continents submitted short films and screenplays to this year’s Big Shoulders International Film Festival at DePaul University.
“The Big Shoulders International Student Film Festival is a front row seat to the world’s stories. It is our mission to promote diversity and inclusion by showcasing the work of emerging young voices and unique ways of storytelling,” said festival director Michael X. Flores, assistant professor in DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Students from more than a dozen countries on five continents submitted short films and screenplays to this year’s festival. Films from Canada, the Dominican Republic, England, Hungary, India, Iran, Mexico, Serbia, Switzerland and the United States will be screened over two days. Some 70 DePaul University students were involved in selecting the films as well as organizing and hosting the festival. Slated events include:

Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
DePaul CDM Theater
247 S. State St., Lower Level
A screening of “A Gentle Night,” which won the Short Film Palme d'Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, followed by a Q&A with director Qui Yang and cinematographer Constanze Schmitt.

Feb. 2, 2-7 p.m.
The Davis Theater
4614 N. Lincoln Ave.
Screenings of 21 short student films will be held throughout the afternoon, followed by Q&As with filmmakers in attendance.

Events are free and open to the public but space is limited. RSVP at Sponsors of this year’s festival include WBEZ, Vocalo, IFP Chicago, Lagunitas, Optimus, SAG-AFTRA, Red Giant, DePaul’s Division of Mission & Ministry, Davis Theater, Palmer House Hilton Hotel and the Illinois Film Commission.

DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts was recently ranked No. 13 on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of America’s Top 25 Film Schools. DePaul’s 32,000-square-foot facilities at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios on the city’s west side include three professional soundstages, green screen cycloramas, a 3-ton grip truck and high-end editing suites and mixing studios. Starting this academic year, DePaul is offering comedy filmmaking degrees with The Second City, Chicago’s iconic center for improvisational comedy. More information at

Michael X. Flores

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