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Eastern to host first student film festival

Published on November 17, 2021

Eastern to host first student film festival

Eastern Connecticut State University’s Department of Performing Arts will celebrate the creativity of its students at the first-ever Eastern Film Festival on Dec. 3 and 4. Films will be showcased both evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Instructional Proscenium Theater.

The students’ films address topics including COVID-19, antiracism, poetry, life changes and more. The festival is broken up into four categories: "Covid and Me," "Changes," "Poetry Films" and “Anti-Racism and Social Justice.” The short films were made over the course of two years and several film-making courses led by Professor Brian Day.

Poster for Eastern's Film Festival Students navigated a number of pandemic-related challenges and restrictions during the making of their films, including the initial stay-at-home order and ensuing social isolation in the spring of 2020. The resulting films were produced without the help of fellow students and with whatever equipment the students had on hand at home.

"Film is a very powerful creative tool because it connects through entertainment and can impact audiences profoundly,” wrote Day in the festival’s program. “These projects help teach students to be mindful and conscientious filmmakers.”

Tickets are free for Eastern students upon completion of a short survey; $5 for other students and groups of 10 or more; $12 for Eastern faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens; and $20 for the general public.

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For any questions regarding the performance or ticket reservations, please contact the FAIC Box Office at (860) 465-5123 or email

Written by Molly Boucher