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Film Festival For First-Year Students (F4)

Congratulations to the Winners of F4!

The official news story will be available soon.

The Winning Film called The Resilient Seahawk starred and was created by Levi Huffman, Kaylene Jackmore, Katerina Korbelak, Carleigh Laxton, Hanna Melchor, and John Ridnore.

The Second Place film called The Intervention starred and was created by Theresa Anastasio, Nicholas Eller, Sarah Jonker, Jackson Ward, and Katelyn Weems.

The Third Place film was called Naked and Insecure, created by Irvin De La Paz, Jack Lawrence, Chris Holt, Sarah Prince, and Raevyn Tanner

The top ten films submitted were shown at "The Premiere" at Lumina Theater during November 2016. Entrants were encouraged to make their videos concerning the topic below and students worked in groups. The remainder of the top ten films can be found below. The videos are not in ranking order.

What is this year's theme?

Overcoming Obstacles in Your First Year: The Resilience of Seahawks

What is it?

F4 (Film Festival for First Year Students) is a film festival exclusively for first-year students at the 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 are shown at The Premiere at Lumina Theater on November 10, 2016. The topic for videos this year is above. The video below is a montage of last year's top ten films.

Video montage from last year's top 4 videos are below. The theme for this year's contest is above.

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 2016 are eligible to submit their entry starting September 1, 2016, and entries are open until November 3, 2016.


Entries can be submitted either via email or by dropping off a DVD/USB drive. 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 3, 2016---Submissions Due by 5pm
  • November 10, 2016---The Premiere at Lumina Theater at 7pm