Student film festivals feature more than screenings

These seven cinematic events feature workshops, keynote speakers and more.

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Smaller Creatures Smaller Creatures (Photo: Meghan Smith / The European Student Film Festival)

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European Student Film Festival, France

The European Student Film Festival isn't just about screening; it's an entire program. Students gather and make films over 28 hours, which are screened at the end of the festival. They also participate in scavenger hunts, enjoy buffet dinners and listen to impressive keynote speakers (Charles H. Rivkin, former CEO of Jim Henson Company, which produced The Muppets Show, spoke a few years ago).

On the left: Meghan Smith won Best Cinematography for her film, "Smaller Creatures," in last year's competition.

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