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Yale in Hollywood has set its second global virtual film festival, Yale in Hollywood Fest for December 2-4 with a three-day line up of feature and short films and an esteemed alumnae jury consisting of actress Sara Gilbert, producer Chris Lee, last year’s festival winner Delilah Napier and YIH Fest alum and current student filmmaker Kristina Yang.
Yale in Hollywood Fest showcases features and short films that include at least one Yale student, alumnus or current staff in the starring, producing, writing or directing chair. All events, including screenings and live streams, will be available directly from Yale in Hollywood Fest’s website. Submissions are now open on Filmfreeway.com and the deadline submissions is September 30.
Heading features jury is Chris Lee, veteran producer and founder of University of Hawaii’s Academy of Creative Media (ACM). Chris was former president of Tristar Pictures and President of Production at Columbia Pictures.
Heading shorts jury is Sara Gilbert, an American actress, director, and producer known for her role as Darlene Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne, for which she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She currently stars in the spin-off The Conners.
Delilah Napier is an actress who co-directed and co-starred in her first feature Voyeur shot during her senior year at Yale. Voyeur won Best Feature and Best Actress at 2021’s Yale in Hollywood Fest.
With her first short film Yosifu screened at the inaugural Yale in Hollywood Fest, Kristina Yang is currently a freshman at Yale University.
Founded and headed by Kevin Winston, Yale in Hollywood is a volunteer run organization based in Los Angeles that connect Yale students and alumni to the entertainment industry. Yale in Hollywood’s Social Chair Quentin Lee is the festival director for Yale in Hollywood Fest 2021. Hannah Ruth Earl and Melissa Johnson are short films and features programmers respectively.
“One of my most rewarding revelations since entering the film industry and witnessing films being made was realizing that there is something for everyone,” said Features Programmer Melissa Johnson. “If there is a story within you waiting to be told, there is an audience ready to hear it. Dedicated to the diversity and inclusion of Yalie filmmakers, we at Yale in Hollywood Fest are here to help get those stories told.”
““As a filmmaker who started making films and going to film festivals since 1992 when I was a Yale student, I have realized that getting films shown at film festivals has always been challenging for every filmmaker,” said Lee. “We started Yale in Hollywood Fest as a platform to showcase feature and short films made with a significant Yalie’s participation and cinematically uplift the Yale spirit. We have also decided that it is important for the festival to be virtual so that Yale alums, students and friends can access the content worldwide.”
Yale in Hollywood Fest encourages BIPOC and LGBTQ+ submissions.
All events of Yale in Hollywood Fest 2021 are available free to the world via its official website: yihfest.com