Students Reflect on Austin Film Festival Experience

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The Film Society of Sam Houston State University recently had the opportunity to go to a film internship in Austin Film Festival.

Elisa Hermann, mass communication professor at Sam Houston said the students gained this opportunity by submitting a simple online form.

“The students applied to the opportunity online by submitting their personal information and answering some pertaining questions regarding their interest in the internship and why they believed to be qualified,” Hermann said.

President of The Film Society, Khoi Nguyen was one of the seven SHSU students who was able to attend the festivals.

“There’s so many things that I learned throughout the festivals, from pitching session, to movie distribution, to the actual festival operations,” Nguyen said. “I enjoyed every single moment of this internship.”

Another SHSU student that went to the Austin Film internship Jordan Brown is also one of the Film Society members.

At the internship, Brown felt lucky to see one of the upcoming films to be released in wide-release before the public.

“My favorite part about the trip was getting to see a movie called ‘La La Land’. A couple of us got to go on Saturday and the movie was absolutely amazing,” Brown said. “It was written and directed by one of my favorites. We got to see it before it comes out in December.”

The experience of the Austin film festival showed Brown new technics on basics that will be vital to the rest of his career in the mass communications field.

“I learned a lot about how the festival runs and some awesome knowledge on script writing.” says Jordan Brown

After many of The Film Society members attend the Austin Film internship, this means big things are coming from The Film Society as an organization. These students’ futures seem bright.