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NextFrame Festival of Student Films Begins Global Tour

Kodak Presents Product Grants to Filmmakers (August 12, 2005)

The 2005-2006 NextFrame Film Festival premiered on August 5 at the annual University Film and Video Association (UFVA) conference at Columbia College in Chicago.  A UFVA jury chose nine student films out of 220 entries from 16 countries for the award-winning touring festival. Kodak provides first place winners in each category with a film product grant valued at $1,000, and an invitation to participate in the company's annual Emerging Filmmakers Program.

The student film selections of the 2005-2006 NextFrame Film Festival are:

Narrative Category
*  First place: TWILIGHT, Victoria Gamburg, San Francisco State University, California
*  Second place: ALRIGHT LOVE, Samuli Valkama and Linda Ky, HFF Konrad Wolf, Germany

Animation Category
*  First place: ABOVE THE CLOUDS, Brandon Williams, Confederation College, Canada
*  Second place: VITRUVIUS' TOYBOX, Dennis Michael Iannuzzi, Community College of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Experimental Category
*  First place: ALTITUDE ZERO, Lauren Cook, University of Iowa
*  Second place: HOMME APPUYE CONTRE UN MUR, Martin Rit, La Femis, France

Documentary Category
*  First place: AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR, Leah Helaine Bell, University of North Texas
*  Second place: NALINI BY DAY, NANCY BY NIGHT, Sonali Gulati, Temple University, Pennsylvania

Director's Choice
*  WILFRED NEUSS -- A SYMPHONY IN FIVE MOVEMENTS, Niki Drozdowski, Academy of Media Arts, Germany 

NextFrame is the official film festival of the UFVA.  It was founded in 1993 by Dave Kluft, a graduate student in Film & Media Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia.  Last year, the festival toured 19 cities in the United States, Korea, Japan and Australia. NextFrame co-directors Ian Markiewicz and Stephanie Garoian say that the goals for the festival include increasing the number of venues, and encouraging more entries from around the world. "NextFrame is an important showcase for the next generation of filmmakers," says Colette Scott, Worldwide Education Segment Manager for Kodak's Entertainment Imaging Division.  "Our support for the NextFrame Festival is part of a broad commitment we have made to UFVA and young emerging talent." Kodak's worldwide education initiatives provide significant support for film schools around the world, including scholarships, product grants and discounts, mentoring programs and educational materials. Other NextFrame Film Festival sponsors are Avid, Final Draft, Focal Press, Lowel, Michael Wiese Productions and Mole-Richardson.

For more information about the NextFrame Film Festival, including opportunities for sponsoring screenings and submission deadlines for the 2006-2007 competition, visit

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