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Film Festival For First-Year Students (F4)

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 Film Festival!

The official news story will be available soon.

The Winning Film called Beyond Us submitted by students in the Hollywood East Learning Community

The Second Place Film called Je M'aime (I Love Myself) investigated the pressure of making friends in the first semester.

The Third Place Film called The Dub is a parody of the popular series, The Office

The Crowd Favorite Film called The Silence of Schwartz features a large cast of students and mixes horror, comedy, and action.

The top ten films submitted were shown at The Premiere at Lumina Theater during November 2017.

What is this year's theme?

Seahawk Feathers: Unique Stories from the First Year

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 8, 2017. 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 2017 are eligible to submit their entry starting September 1, 2017, and entries are open until November 2, 2017.


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?

  • November 2, 2017---Submissions Due by 5pm
  • November 8, 2017---The Premiere at Lumina Theater at 7pm