From the parking lot to the movie theater, the Swain Lot Film Festival has been showcasing student films for over 15 years. The student-run film festival will screen at the Varsity Theatre on Saturday, April 21, welcoming the UNC community to enjoy food, friends and film.
The Swain Lot Film Festival is completely organized and run by students.
“Every single year it gets done by students,” senior representative Hollie Rutledge said. “No one urges us to do it. We have a fresh take on how the communications department is going, so we know where to push Swain Lot.”
The festival has grown throughout the years. What started as a projector in Swain parking lot surrounded by lawn chairs has grown into a theater spectacle enjoyed by students across campus.
Swain Lot found its roots in UNC’s Department of Communication. The festival was born out of students’ desire for a space to showcase their work and share film experiences with their peers. This year, however, the festival is expanding its reach by encouraging students outside the communications department to submit their work.