New film festival, McCain shows and other ways for K-State alumni, friends to support the arts 

K-State Alumni Communications and K-State Communications and Marketing

The new K-State 48 Film Festival this spring will give students 48 hours to develop and create a short film. (Photo: K-State Communications and Marketing)

From theater to dance, to music and design, Kansas State University offers a variety of ways for students to express themselves through the arts and learn from talented professionals. The university also provides plenty of opportunities for alumni and friends to support these programs and return to campus to experience the arts. 

One of those opportunities is the inaugural K-State 48 Film Festival this spring. After a kickoff event at 6 p.m. March 31, students will have 48 hours to create a film, featuring an original story that is between two and six minutes in length. While the students can select their genre, films must include three creative elements that will be revealed at the start of the film festival. These elements could be anything, such as a prop, a line that must be spoken in the film or footage from a specific location. The digital films will be judged and prepped for the film festival exhibition and awards ceremony 6 p.m. April 9 at the Town Hall in the Leadership Studies Building.

Matt Blomberg, video news production specialist and event organizer, believes the festival is a natural extension of learning in the Digital Age.

"As film supporters here on the K-State campus, we believe that knowing how to tell a story in an engaging and intelligent way is an important element of a student’s education," Blomberg said. "This film festival will provide K-State students with a collaborative and creative venue for making short films."

Jay Woofter, senior in digital media and political science, has high expectations for this inaugural event.

"Every student on campus no matter their skill level will have the opportunity to be creative through film, and I can't wait to see the results," Woofter said. "This is a great opportunity to be creative, network with people who also love video, and learn new video production skills."

 Other ways to support the arts

Spring is finally here, and with it comes an exciting line-up of shows in the McCain Performance Series. Upcoming shows include Carmen — Moscow Festival Ballet on April 24, The Beach Boys on May 16 and ONCE the Musical on May 18. 

K-State Alumni Association members receive 15 percent off select McCain shows this season, including Cherish the Ladies on March 4, Acoustic Africa with Habib Koite and Vusi Mahlasela on April 8 and superstar trumpeter Chris Botti on May 10. Learn more about the discount. 

Other upcoming arts events at K-State include the Spring Dance ’16 on April 1-2 and Shakespeare’s As You Like It ​on April 21-23 and April 28-May 1, from the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. 

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