In its third year of existence, the Boise Student International Video Festival (BoVi) is providing students with the opportunity to showcase their talent in front of a large audience, as well as compete for a variety of prizes.
Founded in 2011 by students with their advisor, assistant professor Daehwan Cho, BoVi is maintained 100 percent by Boise State students as a student-run club, with the purpose to help fellow students at any level get closer to achieving their directing or filmmaking goals.
To make the film festival as professional as possible students in the club pride themselves on making their festival with several qualities that larger more prestigious film festivals possess.
“I would encourage any student filmmakers out there, kindergarten through college, to submit to the festival.” Damon Ridgeway, vice president of BoVi said, “There’s the opportunity to get your movie screened at an event and receive comments from the audience and professional judges. There’s also the possibility of your film winning an award.”
Providing an expert panel and professional speakers has been one of BoVi’s strengths so far.
“Last year, Oscar-winner Ben Shedd spoke at the festival. Documentary filmmaker Seth Randall, owner of Retroscope Media Zach Voss, and Boise State professor Nathan Snyder served as judges,” Ridgeway said.
Last year two submissions to the film festival were from middle school students, and this year it is expected a submission from at least a couple of elementary students. Because such a broad variety of ages (kindergarten to college) can submit a film, BoVi divides the competition in to categories,
“Submissions are divided into age categories: Elementary, middle-high, and college. This minimizes unfair competition. If necessary, the films will also be split up between family-friendly and parental-discretion sections,” Ridgeway said.
Getting a diversity of applicants from a diversity of ages is important to the members of BoVi. The addition of digital submissions this year has made it easier than ever for aspiring film makers to enter the competition.
Stefan Bahruth, president of BoVi mentioned goals of the film festival moving forward including getting more submissions and higher quality submissions from the bigger pool of applicants.
Will Tebo, current treasurer of BoVi said, “Last year we received around 20 submissions limiting the ability for staff to cut lower quality videos from the festival.”
In order to get BoVi’s name out there and in turn get a higher submission number, Bahruth said, “We are increasing our social media presence. We have really been prevalent on facebook lately. Also putting up posters around campus, and reaching out to local high schools and elementary schools.”
Recent activity on the Facebook page include a series of posts with the theme “Meet Your BoVi staff.” These posts are intended to introduce each member of the staff, either by a self-description text post or by video interview.
To submit films go to www.bovifest.com and follow the “submit your film” link on the right hand side of the page. Films must be under 20 minutes in length and can be in any genre the director chooses. The deadline to submit a film is Mar 1, 2014. Applicants must be a student at any level with a valid student ID.