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Three more reasons to attend the 321 Student Film Festival in Greenville

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Besides an amazing array of student films, the 321 Student Film Festival also will offer three opportunities to learn about the film industry and filmmaking presented by local experts with years of experience.


The 321 Student Film Festival will be held on Saturday, October 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, 15 University Street, Greenville. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees must register beforehand because space is limited.


There will be three breakout sessions as well.

  • The Cinematic History of Animation: 10:30 a.m. presented by Zach Inks

From the earliest visual arts created by humans, we have created visual representations of the world that reference the passage of time. From cave drawings to comics, they endeavor to compress and communicate time as a component of the human experience. In the earliest examples of photography and film, a connection was made between the artistically cultivated still image and its potential within these new media domains. In this session, we will discuss the influence and historical development of animation in the context of these related artistic endeavors.


  • FILM 101: Finding Your Way Into The Film Business: 12:45 p.m. presented by Geoffrey Gunn

Thinking about a career in the film business? Let writer, producer and director Geoffrey Gunn share some inside tips about what life is like as an independent filmmaker. In this session, he’ll share lessons learned along his journey from aspiring film student to freelance film professional as well as other insights into the world of film and television.

  • A Brief Overview of Film: 4 p.m. presented by Matt Storm and Dan Rogers of the South Carolina Film Commission


Film projects can require many different people with different skills. This presentation will review many of the positions on a film crew, show some props from films that have been shot in South Carolina, and share some ideas about how to break into the film business.


“Even if a student did not submit a film for the contest, the festival is a great place to network with other filmmakers and learn about getting started in the film industry in the Upstate,” said Matt Foster, CEO and Co-Founder of Piedmont Natural Gas Presents Reedy Reels: The Greenville.


The 321 Student Film Festival gets its name from the format of the prospective films to be shown. A 3-2-1 format is a film that has a maximum of three pages of script, two actors, and one location. The total length cannot exceed five minutes. This contest is only open to all high school and college students in South Carolina.


The 321 Student Film Festival is another way that Reedy Reels is helping to grow the region’s independent filmmaking appreciation and development. More than 300 films have been shown over the past eight festivals ranging from shorts to student films to animated movies to full-lengthen features, and a little bit of everything in between. Reedy Reels plans to expand that number to show 60 films during the three-day festival in March 2024.


About The Reedy Reels Film Festival: The Greenville Film Festival:

Piedmont Natural Gas Presents Reedy Reels: The Greenville Festival is an independent film festival promoting the appreciation of the art of film-making while generating support for independent filmmakers in the Upstate. The Reedy Reels Film Festival is a non-profit organization that supports the education and appreciation of filmmaking. Learn more at www.reedyreels.com.


About SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities:

Located in Greenville, the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities cultivates young artists from across the state through pre-professional training in the areas of creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual arts. In the public residential high school, students refine their talents in an arts-centered community while receiving a nationally recognized academic education. Summer programs are available to rising 7th-12th grade students. The Governor’s School serves as a resource to all teachers and students in South Carolina, offering comprehensive outreach programs designed to bring together artists, educators, community organizations and schools. SCGSAH.org.


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