Film buffs aren’t the only people anticipating this year’s Citizen Jane Film Festival. Many students of all different areas as well as a large portion of the community look forward to this film festival and will participate in some way this weekend.
For the past five years, Stephens College has invited female filmmakers from all over the world to share their films with students and the Columbia community at Citizen Jane. Due to Stephens’ small — but growing — film program, many students don’t know much about Citizen Jane and exactly what the festival has to offer.
Citizen Jane has opportunities for film students as well as many other majors such as dance, theatre, graphic design, marketing, public relations and writing. The festival not only showcases films but also relies on work of students to develop its theme, promotional materials, programming and operations as well as other activities.
Students and recent graduates of Stephens put together Citizen Jane every year, which gives them a unique experience.
“They learn about what happens after you finish your movie and the greater business of filmmaking,” said Kerri Yost, associate film professor at Stephens.
The film festival is also a great time for students to connect with alumnae and industry professionals.
The festival would be impossible without volunteers. Emily Collette, a junior film major, volunteered for the first time this year to sort tickets.
“Being involved is a completely different experience than just going to the festival. I feel like I’m getting so much more out of it compared to last year,” Collette said.
The Citizen Jane Film Festival promotes Stephens College to the community and to festival-goers.
“They can’t believe such a dynamic and creative institution like Stephens exists,” Yost said.
The festival grows every year, offering such a variety of events, from short films to dance performances to workshops and panels.
There is truly something for everyone.