CHAMPAIGN — The fourth annual Feminist Film Festival at the University of Illinois will be Thursday evening at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St.
The event is free and open to the public, and no advanced ticket purchases are necessary.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and a red carpet walk will begin at 6:30, followed by screenings promptly at 7 for this student film festival, a grassroots event that uses art and alternative media to bring social issues into the fore.
According to a news release, the goal of the festival is to showcase independent film spanning documentary, narrative, and experimental genres in order to explore perspectives often missing from mainstream media and culture. The event strives to serve as an inclusive public space for underrepresented artists and filmmakers-particularly women and people of color-to raise consciousness concerning issues related to gender, race, class, sexuality and other dimensions of social inequality.
All entries are five to 15 minutes long, and awards will be given for best narrative film, best documentary film, best experimental film, fiercely feminist achievement, cinematographic achievement and audience impact.
A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers will follow the screenings.
The Feminist Film Festival is organized and hosted by the campus Women's Resources Center, with the support of a variety of campus units and departments including the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, the Department of African American Studies, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, the Department of Media and Cinema Studies, Latino and Latina Studies, Asian American Studies, American Indian Studies, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, the Department of English, the Department of History, the Program in Jewish Culture and Society, the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Psychology, University Housing, the Office of Minority Student Affairs, the Asian American Cultural Center, the Department of Art + Design and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.