SOURCE: Open Student Television Network

March 20, 2007 08:00 ET

2007 Ivy Film Festival Renews Partnership With OSTN

PROVIDENCE, RI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 20, 2007 -- The 2007 Ivy Film Festival, scheduled for April 11th to April 15th at Brown University, Providence, RI, announces renewal of its partnership with OSTN. This sixth-anniversary festival hosts a diverse student-film selection, appearances by Hollywood insiders and sneak previews of acclaimed independent films.

OSTN will sponsor the April 13th Filmmaker Reception for filmmakers, industry professionals, VIP and a press conference hosted by Executive Director Nick Clifford.

The Ivy Film Festival is the largest fully student-run U.S. international film and screenplay festival dedicated to student film. A panel of industry professionals and visionary filmmakers decides winning films submitted from around the world.

With more than 30 student-film screenings, Hollywood insiders consider it a scouting opportunity for the next generation of filmmakers. OSTN secured exclusive airing rights to the competing 2007 Ivy Film Festival films.

"Partnering with OSTN is an important step in realizing the mission of the Ivy Film Festival," said Director Nick Clifford. "The forum OSTN created is ground-breaking in its dedication to student work, and empowers student filmmakers to produce content because they can now have faith that people will be watching."

The festival will include pre-release screenings of Sundance Film Festival gems, panels and workshops with award-winning filmmakers, and presentations by some of cinema's most celebrated visionaries, including Doug Liman, director of "The Bourne Identity" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"; and Chan-wook Park, director of "Oldboy," "Lady Vengeance" and the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival winner "I'm a Cyborg, But That's Okay."

Guests will include John Cho, actor in "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle;" Simon Kinberg, writer of "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"; Larry Andries, Emmy-nominated producer and writer of "Six Feet Under," "Alias" and "Boomtown"; Sarah Kernochan, Oscar-winning "Thoth" director; Oren Jacoby, Oscar-nominated director of "Sister Rose's Passion"; Roger Weisberg, Oscar-nominated director of "Why Can't We Be a Family" and "Sound and Fury"; Deborah Scranton, "The War Tapes" director; Robert Friedman, former Paramount Vice-Chairman; Sarah Flack, award-winning editor of "Marie Antoinette," "Dave Chapelle's Block Party" and "Lost in Translation"; Brad Ricker, award-winning art director for "The Terminal," "Bad Boys II" and "Small Soldiers"; and Matthieu Coppet, UBS Global Media Strategist.

"OSTN is pleased to partner with the Ivy Film Festival again this year," said OSTN Chief Executive Officer Prashant Chopra. "By showcasing the work of talented student filmmakers, OSTN hopes to motivate other talented students to submit films to the Ivy Film Festival and OSTN."

The OSTN Channel features a wide variety of programming genres ranging from soap operas like "Ivory Tower" from HRTV at Harvard University, to news shows such as The Ohio State University's "Buckeye News Weekly," to talk shows such as "CU@USC" from Trojan Vision at University of Southern California (USC) and reality shows such as "UT Cribs" from the University of Tennessee's Volunteer Channel.

For more information on receiving OSTN, contact Anthony Davis, Vice President of Membership Development, anthony_davis@ostn.tv or 216-973-7564.

Filmmaker Reception VIP press passes: contact Nick Clifford, 917-836-3679. Information: www.ivyfilmfestival.com.

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