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LAKELAND, Fla. – Southeastern University’s (SEU) College of Arts & Media and the Department of Film will present the annual Fire Film Festival this Saturday, February 19, on the university’s Lakeland campus. The festival will include film screenings beginning at 10 a.m., workshops with special guest speakers Michael Campion and Storm Smith, and an awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. 

The festival will open with a “Welcome Bash” on Friday, February 18, at 7 p.m. in the Buena Vida Auditorium. “We are so excited to welcome visitors to our campus. Friday night’s opening party, featuring a guest performance from the SEU Unpland Improv Team, is shaping up to be an excellent kickoff to the weekend,” said festival director and SEU film professor Bethany Miller.

Accepting submissions nationwide, the festival will be screening over 25 films from both SEU students and external filmmakers. 

“The Fire Film Festival is a family friendly event safe for audiences of all ages. Not only is this an incredible occasion to showcase a wide variety of short films, but our guest speaker lineup is sure to touch the hearts and minds of all who attend,” said Miller. “Top it all off with a red carpet award ceremony, and the Fire Film Festival should be an event to remember!”

General admission for the festival is $20 and $10 for students. Event fees are only required for February 19. Buy your tickets for the event here.

In his workshop, Campion will share about his experience of acting in Hollywood. Campion is an American actor most known for his role in the Netflix original series “Fuller House” where he plays the character Jackson Fuller. Some of his other works include “Christmas Trade” with William “Billy” Baldwin and Denise Richards and “Robo-Dog.” 

Smith will discuss her experience in the art of storytelling during her workshop. As the first deaf woman to be recruited by advertising agency BBDO Worldwide, Smith has served in various roles ranging from producer and diversity inclusion accessibility lead to a marketing consultant for Amazon Studios. Her expertise has led to multiple collaborations with Apple, Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Miles Morales,” various actors and more. 

Please see below for the complete schedule of events on Saturday.

  • 10 a.m. — Screening
  • 11 a.m. — Workshop with Smith
  • 1 p.m. — Screening
  • 2 p.m. — Workshop with Campion
  • 3 p.m. — Screening
  • 7:30 p.m. — Awards Ceremony

For updates on the festival, check out @seufirefilm on Instagram.

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