For five years running, the Duke Independent Film Festival has been honoring the best in homegrown student filmmaking, and it’s got no plans of stopping anytime soon.
The festival — run entirely by students, for students — celebrates everything from documentary to narrative to experimental short-form cinema, while forging connections within Duke's scattered campus filmmaker community.
“I don’t feel like we do enough on campus for the arts community,” festival director Olivia Hicks said.
The Duke Independent Film Festival runs April 12 and 13 from 7-9 p.m. in the Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University.
The stereotype of Duke as a STEM university, Hicks said, means that often the arts aren’t given the official school support she feels they deserve. She outlined difficulties with finding equipment and connecting with other student creatives, to name just a couple of issues. That's why one of DIFF’s goals, she said, is to uplift the arts community as a whole and to create a wide network of student artists with vested interest in each other’s works.
“There are filmmakers, but they’re not that connected. They’re not that intertwined.” Hicks said. “A lot of people are working on individual projects.”