School of Filmmaking makes the scene at Sundance 2017

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is making the scene at the Sundance Film Festival again this year, with 15 films that feature alumni work, an alumnus as juror, another as a Women at Sundance Fellow, and an official panel discussion with leaders from the virtual reality entertainment industry hosted by Film Dean Susan Ruskin. The country’s elite festival for independent films, Sundance takes place Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah.

UNCSA also will be represented at the alternative Slamdance Festival, a showcase for raw and innovative filmmaking self-governed by filmmakers, for filmmakers, which takes place at the same time in Park City.

“Sundance is absolutely the place to be for young filmmakers,” Ruskin said. “The screenings create interest and often lead to lucrative deals, and the workshops and panel discussions are terrific opportunities to learn and to network with industry insiders.”

On Monday Jan. 23, Ruskin will host an official panel discussion offered by the Sundance Film Institute. “Immerse Yourself: Your Next Steps in Virtual Reality” will offer up-to-the minute perspectives from industry professionals who are on the forefront of creating, distributing, and protecting content in emerging media that include 360 degree videos, virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality.

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