The CMU International Film Festival, now in its 9th edition, aspires to create a dynamic and culturally-charged environment for global perspective on social issues. This year's theme will be "Faces of Work", which is an open invitation to represent the many human challenges, skills, and achievements that workers may face every day in the world. The theme is open to creative interpretations in every genre. The spirit of the festival is dedicated to the legacy of Paul Goodman, a world-renowned filmmaker, psychologist, and Carnegie Mellon professor.
As a collaborative project between Carnegie Mellon University and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, the ShortFACES Student Film Competition invites independent student filmmakers from both the local Pittsburgh and greater international spheres to submit a short film of their making into the competition that passionately and creatively captures the festival's particular Faces theme.
Stay tuned! We will be hosting the next edition of the festival Spring of 2016, so information should be released about the next Competition Fall of 2015. We look forward to our next competition and the chance to work with the incredible filmmakers who submit their work. Thank you for a beautiful 2014-2015 Short Film Student Competition.
CMU International Film Festival Short Film Student Competition Coordinator
Andres Tapia- Urzua
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Dominique Carino, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has worked as the 2nd Assistant Director of several short films during her time at Point Park University. Her credits include the action-packed "Rage" and "This Modern Love," shot on-location in New York City. Outside of Point Park, Carino has served as a Production Assistant on the independent film, Another You, currently in postproduction and starring Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages, "Pretty Little Liars") and Ksenia Solo ("Lost Girl," "Orphan Black"). This past summer, she served as Script Supervisor on the short film, "All Raccoons are Bandits," starring Dylan Grunn and Randy Kovitz (The Fault in Our Stars, "Parks and Recreation"), and as Producer of a short documentary about the Braddock Youth Project's Garden Group as part of an internship for PMI, a commercial and digital content firm in Downtown Pittsburgh. Most recently, Carino directed and produced the short documentary "Diamonds in the Rough," which won first place at the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival's Student Competition, and the Audience Award in the Real World: Documentary category at the 2015 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY).
Danielle Braddish is a graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, with a Bachelor's Degree in Media Arts & Animation. "Let Go" tells the story of a young woman, her mother and the symbol that ties their relationship together, even after her mother's passing. This short film was a student project, which Danielle directed, created by a team of four in a six month time period. Danielle can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nathan Osche is a Filmmaker born and raised in the rural/suburban town of Butler, Pennsylvania and a native to Pittsburgh. Nathan's non typical journey into the world filmmaking started with his heavy involvement in the arts, music, entertainment, action sports, and traveling while growing up. When he was presented the challenge of what to make of his life, he decided to encapsulate his passion, skills, talents and ability to tell compelling stories as a filmmaker. Nathan is a graduate of 2014 Point Park University Cinema and Digital Arts program. He focuses much on the Documentary cinema, and enjoys being able to capture real stories and real, compelling moments on camera in the hopes to inspire and impact others through his films. He currently operates his own production company: FourEightTwo Productions LLC, Directing, Producing, Editing, and Shooting, projects for businesses, weddings, musicians, and others around the Pittsburgh area. With the great success of his most recent film Throne, he plans to move to Los Angeles in the fall of 2015 to continue creating compelling films. You can contact Nathan by email at NJOfilms@gmail.com or visit the Four Eight Two website at foureighttwofilms.com
Alesis Heaps is a recent graduate from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is currently employed at a creative ad agency in the Pittsburgh area as a videographer and editor. While she is able to get her fix of creative video work at her job, she has a passion for short film production. Her short film "Bloom" is a product of that passion, and as her senior thesis film is a culmination of all the experiences and skills honed in her time as an undergrad.
Tyler Cleary is an aspiring independent filmmaker and high school student from Cleveland, Ohio. He has been making films for over five years and his work includes both narratives and documentaries. Viewing the art of film as a means of storytelling, Tyler wants to use film to share original stories with the world. You can contact him at email@example.com.
The 2015 CMU-Art Institute of Pittsburgh shortFACES Film Competition will present four awards.
First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250
Selected submissions will be featured during the festival's shortFACES Film Competition Night and will also be posted on 2015 CMU Faces Official YouTube Channel.
Ralph Vituccio is the Director of Media Development in Communications Design and an instructor in the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, where he teaches film and video production. He has developed, written, and produced numerous award-winning films, videos, CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs, websites, and multimedia projects. Vituccio's documentary, PERFORMANCE: The Living Art, received an Artist Distinction Award at the 1990 Berlin International Film Festival and has aired nationally on several PBS stations and internationally in several countries.
Minette Seate is a senior producer at WQED Pittsburgh. She has also worked as a scriptwriter, a copywriter, an entertainment writer, an ad agency producer, an actor and a voice-over performer. She worked as coordinating producer on the WQED co-production of the American Masters film: August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand. The documentary premiered nationally in February of 2015. Minette was awarded a 2012 Mid-Atlantic Emmy for the documentary Pitch Perfect. Seate has also been awarded an Emmy for the special The County Jail. Over the years, she has been nominated several times, including a 2010 nomination for the Horizons series. She was the long-time producer of WQED's award-winning minority affairs program Black Horizons hosted by Chris Moore. Black Horizons celebrated its 40th anniversary year in 2008 receiving proclamations from both Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh. Seate continues working as a senior producer at WQED, hosting and producing a variety of programs including the weekly series Filmmakers Corner. She is a proud member of Pittsburgh's arts and production communities.
Myriam Despujoulets has created a niche of expertise at the intersection of exhibition, distribution, education, strategic marketing and production of international films over the past 15 years. She recently founded Cinema Intent, which offers a diverse range of consulting services in film marketing, public relations, social media, event management, content programming, and global distribution. A native of France, Despujoulets began her career at the Cannes Film Festival where she managed the Actors Office, Protocol Services in 1999 until 2002. From 2004 to 2011, Despujoulets served as the Programmer of Seminars and Administrator of Fellow Affairs at the American Film Institute (AFI), where she oversaw a weekly screening and speaker series, bringing both emerging and established filmmakers to the Conservatory. More recently, Despujoulets was the Director of Student Programs at The American Pavilion of The Cannes Film Festival. She has also provided PR and programming services for diverse clients including Rum & Humble, the My Hero Project, Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA), Block Korenbrot, The Shout Factory, Sony Pictures Classics, Cohen Media Group, Bona Fide Productions, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Jessica Conner is a film, mass communications and marketing professional with over 15-years of experience. For the past fourteen years she was the Assistant Director of the Pittsburgh Film Office. Throughout her 14-year tenure with the Pittsburgh Film Office, Jessica helped to market the southwestern Pennsylvania region to the film industry resulting in over $900 million to the local economy and thousands of local jobs. She assisted in all aspects of local production, including location scouting, finding crew and vendors and other local resources to support a film, television or commercial production. Some films she assisted include The Last Witch Hunter; The Dark Knight Rises; The Fault in Our Stars; Foxcatcher, Me, Earl, & the Dying Girl; Fathers & Daughters and Southpaw to name just a few. Jessica also worked on many initiatives to support the very successful Film Tax Credit program in Pennsylvania. Conner is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Communications and a minor in Film Studies. She also has a master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Point Park University. She is a native of Pittsburgh, PA.
Michael Chung was born in Southern California, but prefers to spend his time above sea-level backpacking in Patagonia, hiking to the top of Mt. Whitney, or rock climbing wherever he can find a boulder. The catch? He’s terrified of heights. When gravity gets the best of him, he heads down for a home cooked meal, his favorite DVD, and a wine or whiskey tasting. He studied English as an undergraduate at SUNY Buffalo, but is fusing his appreciation for good literature and his love of film into a Masters degree in Entertainment Industry Management at Carnegie Mellon University.