EVENT: Celebrating its 20th anniversary, UCI’s student-run film festival, Zotfest, will screen 10 student films, award prizes in eight categories, and host a panel discussion with several entertainment industry insiders from UCI on the changing landscape of film/television creation and distribution. Speakers will include Desha Dauchan, a filmmaker/writer and UCI assistant professor of teaching in film & media studies; cinematographer Allen E. Ho ’07; Sahar Jahani ’13, a writer/director who has worked on the Hulu show “Ramy”; film producer Ivan Williams, MBA ’96; and director/producer Roxy Shih ’10.

WHEN/WHERE: 6-11 p.m. Monday, June 3, at the campus’s Irvine Barclay Theatre (bldg. 1, grid D5 on campus map: https://www.parking.uci.edu/maps/documents/UCI-CampusCore_2018.pdf)

INFORMATION:  The event is free, but tickets – available here – are required. Parking is available in the Student Center Parking Structure (grid C/D5 on campus map) for $10 per day or $2 per hour. Media planning to attend should contact Sheri Ledbetter at 949-824-0343 or ledbetts@uci.edu or Annabel Adams at 949-824-8925 or amadams@uci.edu.

6:15 p.m.
        Opening remarks and premiere of student-produced musical “Don’t Stop Us Now,” inspired by Queen

6:45 p.m.           Screening of student films

9 p.m.                 Panel discussion

10 p.m.               Awards ceremony

10:30 p.m.         Reception and networking                                

BACKGROUND:  Zotfest is the oldest student-run film festival in the University of California system, launched in 1999 by UCI’s Film-Arts-Drama Alliance. It showcases the creative diversity of the campus’s student filmmakers and recognizes their efforts each academic year. To see previous Zotfest opening musicals, go to “The Greatest Show at UCI” and “Zot Zot Land.”


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