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Film Festival For First-Year Students (F4)

Congratulations to the Winners and Honorable Mentions for F4!

The official news story is available at

The winning video called Survival Guide to Chasing Your Dreams starred and was created by Sarah Davidson, Laura Downing, Carolina Cottingham, and Rebecca Martin.

The Runner-Up video called Chasing Your Dreams at UNCW starred and was created by Britton Edwards, Maggie Goode, Arianna Pearson, Sam Genesky, and Madeline Morgante.

The Crowd Favorite film was called Dub's Declassified School Survival Guide, created by Ellen Lovallo, Meredith Wilkinson, Jenna Renfrow, and Kayla Shelton.

The top ten films submitted were shown at "The Premiere" at Lumina Theater during the middle of November 2015. :Entrants were encouraged to make their videos concerning this topic and students worked individually or in groups. The remainder of the top ten films can be found below. The videos are not in ranking order.

What was the 2015 theme?

Chasing Your Dreams: Your First Year Experience at UNCW

What is it?

F4 is a film festival exclusively for first-year students at University of North Carolina Wilmington enrolled in UNI 101 (First Year Seminar) or UNI 201 (Transfer Seminar). Students create a story about their first-year experience. Videos are 3-5 minutes in length and are created, starring, and directed by students. Videos were judged in several categories by panelists including faculty, staff and students. The Top 10 films submitted were shown at The Premiere at Lumina Theater on November 18, 2015. The topic for videos this year is above. The video below is a montage of last year's top ten films.

Entrants were encouraged to make their videos concerning the topic above and students can work individually or in groups. Any student enrolled in First Year or Transfer Seminar in Fall 2015 were eligible to submit their entry starting September 1, 2015 and entry was open until November 11, 2015.


Entries can be submitted either via email or by dropping off a DVD. Links to videos created and hosted on websites such as YouTube or Vimeo can be emailed to DVD submissions can be dropped off at University College on the first floor of DePaolo Hall. Please label both digital videos and DVD submissions with all student names and emails who shot the film. All submissions will be judged using the following rubric.


When is it?

  • August-September---F4 will be announced in your UNI 101 course
  • November 11, 2015---Submissions Due by 5pm
  • November 18, 2015---The Premiere at Lumina Theater at 7pm