San Jacinto College film contest open to high school students, local film artists

01.16.2014 | By Rob Vanya

From left, San Jacinto College film students Tracy Gorman, Ramon Cordova, and Shaaheen Karabi collaborate on a class project on a video set at the College. The College will host a 52-hour film contest that begins  Jan. 24. Submitted photo.

Rob Vanya, January 16, 2014

The San Jacinto College film and video program is sponsoring a 52-hour film contest for area high school students and local film artists. The contest will have two categories, one for high school students, and one for local artists. 

On-site registration is 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 24, at the Jerry Powell Arena Theatre located on the Central Campus at 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena. The contest starts at 6 p.m., on the same day and location. Participants have until 10 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, to work on their projects, at which time judging will begin to determine winners.

“We envision the contest as a fun way to bring top student and local filmmakers from around the area together to learn from and experience the work of peers,” commented Billy MacTavish, San Jacinto College video production professor. “Each team will receive the same prompt detailing a genre, a prop, and some lines of dialogue. Each of these elements must be included in a completed short film. All creation must occur within the 52-hour contest period: writing, rehearsing, shooting, editing, graphics, etc.”

Awards and certificates will be presented for best screenplay, best cinematography, best sound/lighting, best editing, best use of prompt, best ensemble cast, and other notable areas. Showings of completed films will be presented within a month after the contest at the San Jacinto College Central Campus.

Details about registration and other information is available online at

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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