Ovation Film Fest Shines a Spotlight on the Next Generation of Filmmakers

Film festival at Carnegie Mellon features LGBTQ+ stories.

"Frequencies" (2022) by Carlos E. Martinez. Photo courtesy of the Ovation Film Festival.

On April 24, Ovation Film Fest invites audiences to a free night of short films created by Carnegie Mellon University students. Ovation Film Fest’s program celebrates short films about human connection and what it means to be part of a community. The one-night film festival is being held at Simmon B Auditorium at the Tepper School of Business.

“Student filmmakers create fantastic work; Ovation’s program is a unique lineup of short films that students did independently, for a class, or with a team. However, these short films rarely get seen by the public. I believe these films and the voices of these young filmmakers deserve to be celebrated,” said Matthew Blankley, Producer of the Ovation Film Fest.

Ovation Film Fest includes horror short films, conversations between angels and computers, walks through spaceships, claymation, and arguments over video games. Through the film fest, the creative team hopes the audience will support Carnegie Mellon University’s filmmaking community and co-create a new community of artistic supporters.

The short film “Frequencies” by Carlos Martinez follows a gay man grappling with a tragic loss and “Real Tree Lesbians” by Suanna Zhong explores the societal escape of a lesbian couple.

“This event is more than just a bunch of short films. We’ve curated this lineup of short films to celebrate the struggles of being a student filmmaker and despite it all, creating fantastic art,” said Emma Martin, Artistic Curator of Ovation Film Fest.

Ovation Film Fest will also include a come-as-you-are networking and community-building reception after the short films with complimentary food and drinks. The creators of Ovation Film Fest hope that all audiences will feel welcome to this short film celebration and join in amplifying the next generation of Pittsburgh filmmakers.

Ovation Film Fest will be Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 pm and run for 1 hour. Tickets are free and served first come, first serve. Audiences are advised of discussions of sexual assault, death, and war.

Find more information on the Ovation Film Fest here.

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