The Department of Film and Media Arts offers two major annual film festivals highlighting the best work by Temple students and high school students.
The Diamond Screen Film Festival has gained recognition for showcasing the best work by up-and-coming filmmakers and media artists in Temple’s program. The annual event highlights the most creative and outstanding student films in the documentary, narrative and experimental categories, as well as showcasing the newest works from students in the media arts program. The festival invokes Temple University founder Russell Conwell’s “acres of diamonds” speech, finding the next generation of filmmakers creating inventive, compelling work in Temple’s own backyard. Winners are selected from more than 150 entries by a panel of judges made up of Temple alumni and noted names in the industry.
The Temple FMA Department grants several awards to entrants, including the Benjamin Lazaroff Memorial Scholarship Fund (awarded to undergraduate or graduate FMA students who show excellence in screenwriting) and the Beatrice Deglin Leder Graduate Student Film and Video Production Award Fund (awarded to an outstanding FMA graduate student).
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The Derek Freese Youth Media Film Festival highlights the talent and abilities of the Mid-Atlantic regional young filmmakers. Sponsored by Temple University’s Department of Film and Media Arts, the festival was named in honor of former Temple undergraduate film student, Derek Freese, and is held at Temple each spring. The Derek Freese Youth Media Film Festival offers young filmmakers in age 12 through 18 an opportunity to screen their work for their peers and film professionals and to compete for awards in the narrative, experimental, documentary, animation and other several categories.
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