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Student Organizations

The Johns Hopkins Film Society is an extracurricular group dedicated to providing a fun and enriching experience for all students interested in film. With weekly meetings and DVD screenings, as well as monthly larger film screenings, a film-themed annual journal, and a film festival that receives submissions from across the country and around the world, students are provided with numerous opportunities to get involved, from programming, to advertising, to projecting 35mm film.Each semester, the Film Society puts on a student-run film series programmed by its members. Film series programmed in past years include “Dante’s In-film-o,” a series designed to trace out the circles of Dante’s Hell with screenings from Eastern Promises to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; “The Freudian Slips,” a series of films selected to embody a different facet of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, with films ranging from Psycho to Mulholland Drive; and series that highlighted various directors, producers, and actors.
The Johns Hopkins Film Society puts on monthly 35mm film screenings in Shriver Hall on the third largest screen in Maryland. This provides students the opportunity to learn how to project 35mm film, and to see movies as they were intended to be viewed: on the big screen, with full cinema sound.
Film programming, advertising, budgeting, and projecting come together in the spring for the annual Johns Hopkins Film Festival, a festival run entirely by students. The Johns Hopkins Film Festival is nationally known, and draws both feature-length and short films from all across the country and world. The festival usually receives close to 300 submissions, from which students select the films to show, and create a schedule of three full days of cinema.
The Johns Hopkins Film Society provides exciting opportunities for students to expand upon their knowledge and love of film. All are welcome. For more information, contact jhufilm@gmail.com, and like the Film Society on Facebook.

Film Society Executive Board

  • Co-Directors: Caroline Halligan and Katherine Gillis
  • Treasurer: Faith Terry
  • Social Media Chair/Wave Wave Zine Editor: Sarina Redzinski
  • Events Chair/Wave Wave Zine Editor: Charlotte Wood
Studio North is a student-run organization designed to facilitate student filmmaking on campus. Created in collaboration with the Film Society and Film and Media Studies Program, and funded by the Homewood Arts Programs, we give students a chance to gain experience in making high-quality films on fully realized film sets. In short, we are a film production company for JHU.Our goal is to encourage students to create films outside of the classroom environment, to allow students to gain skills that will be useful in the film industry upon graduation, and to enable student filmmakers to produce high-level work that would be appropriate for submission to film festivals. To accomplish this, we give out two sizable filmmaking grants per year.

Grants

Two $1,500 grants will be given to ambitious projects that demonstrate the need for extensive funding. These projects will be either documentary or narrative, and will require a significant crew of students from the undergraduate student body. The applicants must demonstrate an ability to lead a project of this size.

Eligibility

All undergraduate Johns Hopkins students may apply.

Types of Accepted Projects

Projects may be either fiction or documentary. Experimental work (animation or live action) is also acceptable. Accepted film proposals will be for shorts only. Projects should run no longer than 20 minutes, including all credits.

The Selection Process

Stay tuned for more information about the grant application process, which will officially begin in the spring. The process of selection will occur in multiple stages, and will be an opportunity for applicants to get feedback on their proposed projects. Selections are made by the Executive Board, the committee of students that runs all Studio North operations. In order to increase chances of selection, prospective filmmakers are encouraged to get involved in Studio North events and workshops throughout the year.

Required Materials

Students must submit either a finished script (for narrative projects) or a research plan (for documentaries). This is to be submitted as a component of a “pitch packet,” which also includes:

  • A detailed budget, with projected figures for all aspects of production (including festival submission fees)
  • A proposed shooting timetable, giving a clear sense of the scope of the project
  • An evaluation of the key creative personnel’s experience that will be relevant for the project
  • A statement on why Studio North should fund the project.

Proposals will be evaluated by the Executive Board in three stages:

  1. Written proposals will be read by Board members. They are then ranked, and approximately half move on to the next round.
  2. Pitches are presented in person, with the creative personnel of a proposed production presenting to the Executive Board. They will be given feedback during this meeting.
  3. After deliberation, two projects are selected. Feedback and direction are given to enable students to begin the best process possible.

Promoting Your Film

This organization is geared toward promoting student filmmaking from beginning to end. This includes the process of getting it seen. When recipients are awarded a grant, they agree to submit the finished work to film festivals upon completion. Funds for travel to these festivals are available upon acceptance. In addition, an on-campus premiere will occur in the spring for awardees to showcase their finished films!

Deadlines

Deadlines will be released later in the semester and proposals are to be submitted to studionorthmd@gmail.com. For more about this application and selection process, see our Facebook page or our website, where all relevant information, including application procedures and materials, are posted.
Welcome to the ground floor of filmmaking. Good luck on your way up.

The Executive Board

  • Executive Chair Brian J. McConnell
  • Production Chair Lydia Milano
  • Production Chair Matisse Rifai
  • Script Chair Chloe Soares
  • Marketing Chair Rachel Callahan
  • Finance Chair Siwei Bian
  • Talent Chair Isaac Lunt
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