Meredith Kincaid, 334/332-1641


AUBURN -- The eighth annual Movie Gallery Student Video Competition/Jay Sanders Film Festival" at Auburn University has been scheduled for March 18, says AU communications Professor J. Emmett Winn.

The free event, highlighting student films from across the country, is sponsored by the AU Department of Communication and Journalism.

It will begin at 7 p.m., at the AU Hotel and Dixon Conference Center.

The best high school video maker and the best college video maker will each receive a $1,000 first prize.

"This event was originally about the work of screening films with the emphasis on showing rare, classic and foreign films," says Winn. "This was also initially the focus of the Jay Sanders Film Festival. However, after a couple of years we realized that with the advent of many quality classic and foreign films available to the public on videocassette and digital disk technology that a change in direction was required.

"After much thought, it was decided that it could best serve the film community at large by providing access to visual material that would otherwise be unavailable to audiences. Simultaneously it was decided that it would make its chief goal providing a creative outlet for both college and high school video makers."

Winn said with Dothan, Ala.-based Movie Gallery's support, the competition grew from a relatively small group of entries from video makers at AU to an international competition with entries from across the United States and Canada.  The late Jay Sanders is a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Communication and Journalism at AU and is responsible for initiating film studies at Auburn

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CONTACT: Winn, 334/844-2761.