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Event showcases college filmmakers

CARLSBAD — It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and many of those who watched several short but prolific five-minute films produced by local students said they couldn’t have agreed more.
The first-ever Media Carnival, held May 3 at the Carlsbad Village Theatre, was a huge success, said Pablo Martin, a communications professor from MiraCosta College and organizer of the event.
“So many people came out for the show; it was great that the filmmakers got to show their work to such an enthusiastic and supportive audience. Hearing them all laugh, or cry out in surprise was a lot of fun!”
Seven teams of students from the film and communications departments of local colleges and universities were given only 48 hours to complete a short film.
The event was considered to be a “launch pad for people’s potential,” organizers said.
“The idea is to get the students excited about telling stories with whatever technology is available to them, and to be creative and tell the stories in whatever way they can,” said Melissa Collins-Porter, from the film studies department at MiraCosta College.
“We’re really pleased with the turnout, and hope to do it again next year,” she said.
On the first day of the competition, April 23, student teams from both MiraCosta and Palomar community colleges, as well as Cal State San Marcos, were given two different “prompts,” or themes for the films.
The first was for teams to create a film involving “change,” and the second prompt, drawn from a hat, was unique to each team.
The top films were judged and shown at the theater to friends and family, as well as the general public. Admission for the evening was free.
Categories included Best of Show, Best Narrative, Best Documentary or Journalistic Film, Best Experimental or Artistic Film, as well as those films judged to be best in acting, editing and cinematography, writing and dialogue and soundtrack.
Three of the filmmakers, Veronica Bane, Brandon Collins and Brendan Mitchell, won Best Editing and Best Soundtrack for their short film “Swing.”
“It was a really good experience,“ Mitchell said. “A little stressful, but we learned a lot and had a lot of fun doing it.”
Although this Media Carnival was for college students, organizers said they hope to hold similar competitions for all ages in the future. For more information on the Media Carnival or future competitions, visit