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2006 “Shorttakes” Film Festival Recap – 07 Festival Sneak Peek

February 21, 2007

By Pete Stone

The May 2006 UCLA “Shorttakes” Student Film Festival was the 13th annual running of the acclaimed short-subject student festival. Based on attendees, quality of entries, the judges panel, media coverage and number (and quality – Kodak, Theta Chi Fraternity, Sundance Channel,, Campus Circle Media, Universal Music Group to name a few) of sponsors, last year’s festival was a resounding success. Here is a sample of the media coverage for last year’s festival;

Last week I wrote a blog on the history and merits of the UCLA “Shorttakes” Student Film Festival (see below, or click here . The abridged version of the post is that “Shorttakes” is way cool.

Photos of the 2006 “Shorttakes” Finalists’ Screening Event in UCLA’s famed Ackerman Grand Ballroom:

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2006 Shorttakes Screening Event

The Campus Events Commission student leaders introduce the 2006 Finalists Screening Event in Ackerman Grand Ballroom

 Photo 2

2006 Shorttakes Intermission

Intermission as seen from the stage

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Rich Wilkes and Steve Evans

Entertainment industry pros Rich Wilkes (l), writer for such hits as “xXx” and “xXx: State of the Union” as well as “Punk Like Me” and Steve Evans (r), VP – Sundance Channel present 2006 “Shorttakes” awards.

As a UCLA alumnus, it just so happens that I am honored, and privileged to serve as a volunteer “contributing producer” of “Shorttakes”. This year (2007) will be the fourth year I am involved with securing sponsors, financing and entertainment industry judges.

I am personally very grateful to the following entertainment industry professionals who were gracious enough to “take my calls” and generous enough with their time to serve as volunteer judges for the festival last year.

Jeff Probst – Host of CBS’ “Survivor”; writer/director/producer of the independent feature “Finder’s Fee”.

Rich Wilkes – Screenwriter of “xXx” and “xXx: State of the Union”; writer/director of “Glory Daze”; writer of “Punk Like Me”.

Steve Evans – VP Sundance Channel

Bonnie Biehl – Actress with numerous TV roles and the critically acclaimed independent film “Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss” to her credit.

Peter Abraham – Producer of “I am Trying to Break Your Heart”.

Bob Dohrmann – Production manager “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Thank you for Smoking”; line producer/production manager “Sunshine Cleaning” (2008 release).

Brian Maeda – International Licensing Manager, Microsoft XBox; formerly of Lucasfilm, Ltd. and Atom Films/

Paul Robinson – Acclaimed photographer; writer/director/producer of “Rock the Vote” television campaign; director of the short feature “Halfway House”.

Charles “Chip” Schner – Cinematographer for “The Greatest Show Ever” (TV) and “Surveillance”; camera operator for “Master and Commander: Far Side of the World” and “Zathura”.

The 2007 UCLA “Shorttakes” Festival is in the pre-production phase right now. I am honor-bound not to give anything away at this point, but suffice it to say, this year should be bigger and brighter than ever.

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