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.
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.
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
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.