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  • From: "Joann Rasmussen, APR, MBA (CampusEAI Consortium)" <>
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  • Subject: 2007 Ivy Film Festival Renews Partnership with OSTN
  • Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 16:53:17 -0400
  • Organization: CampusEAI Consortium and OSTN


Maria Shuckahosee, Program Manager

216-589 9626 x. 157


PROVIDENCE, RI. – March 27, 2007 – Following a successful collaboration in April of 2006, the Ivy Film Festival is proud to announce renewal of its partnership with the Open Student Television Network (OSTN). The 2007 Ivy Film Festival will take place at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island from April 11th to April 15th.

This year’s festival marks its six-year anniversary, and hosts the most impressive and diverse official selection of student films yet. It welcomes appearances by Hollywood insiders and a slew of acclaimed independent film sneak previews.

OSTN partnered with the Ivy Film Festival this year to sponsor the Filmmaker Reception, scheduled for April 13th, 2007. The reception will mark the official Festival kick-off for participating filmmakers, industry professionals and VIP guests, and will feature a press conference hosted by Executive Director Nick Clifford. Press will have the opportunity to meet with competing filmmakers, in addition to members of the Ivy Film Festival, notable VIP and Festival guests.

The Ivy Film Festival is the largest fully student run international film and screenplay festival in the United States dedicated to student film. Submissions are accepted from filmmakers at the undergraduate and graduate level from around the world.

A panel of industry professionals and visionary filmmakers within the entertainment industry select winning films. OSTN secured exclusive airing rights to the competing 2007 Ivy Film Festival films. The films will be aired on the OSTN channel over the next year.
This renewed partnership spotlights the growth of OSTN as a primary vehicle for delivering student-produced independent films. The OSTN channel is multicast via Internet2 in broadcast-quality. The OSTN channel can be accessed via IPTV to desktop computers or television via the OSTN CATV converter created by MIT and Wayne State University.
“We are pleased to support the Ivy Film Festival again this year,” said OSTN Chief Executive Officer Prashant Chopra. “By showcasing the work of talented student filmmakers on the OSTN Channel, we hope to motivate other talented students to submit films to the Ivy Film Festival and OSTN.”

Many Hollywood insiders envision the Festival as a scouting opportunity for the next generation of filmmakers, and others consider it a vibrant celebration of the art and business of filmmaking from every angle. The 2007 Festival boasts more than 30 student-film screenings as well as a variety of programming, including pre-release screenings of acclaimed Sundance Film Festival gems, panels and workshops with award-winning filmmakers, and presentations by some of cinema’s most celebrated visionaries.

“Partnering with OSTN is an important step in realizing the mission of the Ivy Film Festival,” Director Nick Clifford comments, “the forum OSTN has created is groundbreaking in its dedication to student work, and empowers student filmmakers to produce content because they can now have faith that people will be watching.”

The OSTN channel features a wide variety of programming genres ranging from soap operas like “Ivory Tower” from HRTV at Harvard University; to news shows such as Buckeye News Weekly from Ohio State; to talk shows such as “CU@USC” from Trojan Vision at University of Southern California; and reality shows such as UT Cribs from the University of Tennessee’s Volunteer Channel.

About the Ivy Film Festival:
The Ivy Film Festival encourages the creative efforts of undergraduate and graduate student filmmakers by acting as a quality venue for their work and by creating opportunities to learn from one another and talented professionals. The festival strives to garner recognition for student filmmakers by means of a panel of celebrity judges including: directors, producers, writers, and agents who will view the top films from the festival.
About OSTN:
OSTN is the leading provider of educational, foreign language and entertainment IPTV content and services. OSTN features the only 24/7 worldwide channel exclusively devoted to student-produced programming. OSTN now is delivered to 41 million users at 4,500 university member campuses and 36 countries around the globe. OSTN can be viewed on televisions and personal computers.

In North America, OSTN uses Internet2’s advanced network to distribute programming to members. It uses ORION in Ontario, Canada and the GEANT2 Network, managed by DANTE, in the European Union. GEANT2 links to Asia via TEIN2, the Middle East & Africa via EuroMed, Latin and South America via ALICE and Australia via AARNet. For more information, visit

  • 2007 Ivy Film Festival Renews Partnership with OSTN, Joann Rasmussen, APR, MBA (CampusEAI Consortium), 03/30/2007

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