Now in its 14th year, Ivy Film Festival (April 6-12) announces its line-up with appearances by key guests former Brown University alum Todd Haynes and Jason Schwartzmann.
Already one of the largest student festivals in the world, Ivy Film Festival is expanding to five other top schools beyond its Brown University home: Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. This year, twenty-seven films were selected from more than 250 submissions to compete in four separate student competitions, each with its own individual awards: the domestic undergraduate film competition; the graduate school film competition; the international film competition; and the screenplay competition.
The festival’s main goal is to create connections between students from all over the world and renowned film professionals and generate dialogue about the role of the filmmaker and different paths to starting a career. Past industry guests have included Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Wes Anderson, Adrien Brody, Laura Linney, Wes Craven, Park Chan-wook, Aaron Sorkin, James Franco, and Lena Dunham, among many others.
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One of the festival’s priorities is showcasing diversity, such as the SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT panel, which addresses women in film and crowd-sourcing. This film by Caryn Waechter starring Kal Penn, Georgie Henley, Kara Hayward, broke Kickstarter records at the time of its campaign. Waechter, writer Marilyn Fu and actress Willa Cuthrell-Tuttleman will participate in the panel, moderated by Elizabeth Cuthrell, one of the film’s producers. A workshop by director Michael Schultz (CAR WASH, KRUSH GROOVE) will focus on conscious filmmaking.
Another festival highlight is DOSA HUNT, a short film by Amrit Singh featuring vibrant music-scene favorites— Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, Das Racist’s Himanshu Suri and Ashok “Dapwell” Kondabolu, Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder and Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo, on a quest to find NYC’s best-tasting dosa. The Q&A will feature director Amrit Singh alongside Das Racist’s Dapwell, who will DJ as part of the festival.
The festival also boasts high profile pre-release screenings of John Maclean’s SLOW WEST, starring Michael Fassbender, Judd Apatow’s TRAINWRECK starring Bill Hader and Amy Schumer, and THE END OF THE TOUR by James Ponsoldt, written by David Margulies.
The Ivy Film Festival (IFF) is among the largest student-run film festivals in the world and offers student filmmakers and screenwriters from domestic and foreign universities a venue to exhibit their work. Founded in 2001 by two Brown undergraduate students, the festival occurs annually in the spring, spans a full week, and is held at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. The Ivy Film Festival is supported by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Vans, Redbull, Candescent Films, Final Draft, The Dean Hotel, Brooklyn Industries, Exo, Enlightened, Pop Art Snacks, Raw Revolution, Monster, Flatbread Company.