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LAKELAND, FLA. – Southeastern University’s College of Arts & Media will be presenting The 2021 Fire Film Festival as a two-day event this year. The festival returns after last year’s cancellation, beginning with sessions on Friday, February 19, on the campus of Southeastern University. The seminars on Friday will begin at  3:00 p.m. and will feature cinematographer Keith Slade. That will be followed by a presentation by award-winning producer/writer Tom Bhramayana at 5:00 p.m. Highlighting this year’s event will be festival film screenings at the Silver Moon Drive-In at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 20.

“We’ve designed a two-day event that brings education, creativity, and safety into the outdoor arena of fun and whimsy,” said SEU film professor Bethany Miller. “With guest speakers on the SEU campus and the screenings at Silver Moon, it should be a great way to spend the weekend.”

The two Feb. 19 sessions, with periods of intermission in between and safety protocols in place, will highlight innovation, inspiration, and various technical aspects of filmmaking. The conference opens with Slade’s presentation discussing how to bring life to a film, followed by Bhramayana’s session about independent film production and the process of scriptwriting. Bhramayana will also be screening his 2017 film, Tinker, at the conclusion of his session.

“It is always exciting to learn from professionals in the industry. Especially, in person,” stated festival student director, Evgenia Filipchuk. “It makes the information come to life. Instead of reading a textbook, we have the opportunity to learn right from the expert.” 

Though last year’s event was canceled, this year’s festival features a partnership with Lakeland’s Silver Moon Drive-In. On Feb. 20, the iconic Lakeland venue will host a special screening of festival films and a concluding awards ceremony.

“The current state of our world has caused many to shy away from gathering. We wanted to create an event that safely brings people together who have been so isolated this past year. We are deeply grateful to have Silver Moon Drive-In as a staple of the Lakeland community and our hope is that the nostalgia and fun that all drive-ins bring will shine a light on those who have been so lonely,” said Miller.

Tickets for The Fire Film Festival are now available and range in price from $10 to $20. Patrons can purchase tickets for the full festival or just for Saturday’s film screenings at the Silver Moon Drive-In. To register for the full event or view various festival passes, please visit: https://cam.seu.edu/events/fff/.

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