Look out Academy Awards - the UNC Charlotte Foreign Language Short Film Contest is preparing future award winners! Students of Japanese Professor Chikako Mori and Spanish Professor Maria Mahaffey submitted short animated films ranging from one to two minutes in length in the first Department of Languages and Culture Studies Foreign Language Short Film Contest. As a demonstration of their language proficiency, students developed short video scripts in Japanese or Spanish, recorded themselves speaking. and used the web-based tool Powtoon (www.powtoon.com) to create a film that told a story, introduced a concept or place, or explained a process. The short films were a requirement for a final class project in both courses.
All students were given the option of submitting a short film for the contest and all accepted! Special thanks to the judging panel comprised of the following:
Dr. Sheri Spaine Long - Chair, Department of Languages and Culture Studies
Dr. Fumie Kato, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Japanese
Professor Rodney Stringfellow - Film Studies
Dr. Bobby Hobgood - Director, Language Resource Center, Department of Languages and Culture Studies
The following awards were given during a final ceremony in the Language Resource Center on December 3, 2014 Click the name of the award to view the film.
Grande Prize Winner - Burnell Phillips
Best Use of Japanese Language - Jenny Ortiz
Best Use of Spanish Language - Zachary Cutherbertson (Photo not available)
Best Use of Spanish Language - Daniel Araya
Most Creative Japanese Film - Ty Vilchis
Most Creative Spanish Film - Kiara Bell