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Student Film Festival

WILMINGTON, N.C.--Hundreds of college and high school students from across the country are in town this weekend for the first annual "Scene First" student film festival. Most are hoping to take first in their category, but all are looking to take advantage of this great opportunity to make connections and get established. Two hundred students applied and more than 100 were accepted to have their films screened during the film festival. Twenty-five-year-old graduate student Michael Kuskim directed and produced one of the films that made the cut. “I hope that people like the movie and I hope I get to talk to more people about movie making. Hopefully this will branch off into something bigger and better,” Said Kuskim. Kuskim traveled to Wilmington from New Jersey for the first-ever student film festival. "This is just my first film festival with this movie, so I wanted to see the local sights and see what the film festival has to offer. Hopefully this is just one of many festivals,” said an enthused Kuskim. Kuskim has spent a number of years on his narrative feature film called 'The Weekend'. "It's a few hundred-thousand dollar film. It was in development for a few years because raising money took a long time. We shot it pretty quickly, 17 days and edited it for a few months,” Explained Kuskim. Kuskim hopes festivals, like “Scene First,” will eventually get him his dream job. “I want to be a writer, director and I produce on the side, too so I'd love to some producing as well the grand goal of all the hats,” Kuskim said about his future. The festival's directors created the event to help film students achieve their goals. President of Student Entertainment, Mark Hall, “It's meant to be an educational and networking event. So the students come in and they are going to workshops. They are hearing from people within the industry, learning how they got where they are and how they do what they do."

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