The Diamond Screen Film Festival has gained recognition for showcasing some of the best work by up-and-coming filmmakers in Temple University’s Film and Media Arts program. This annual event showcases the most creative and outstanding student work in the documentary, narrative, experimental and animation categories. By bringing local gems to the screen, the Diamond Screen Film Festival invokes Temple University founder Russell Conwell’s “Acres of Diamonds” speech: the next generation of filmmakers is creating inventive, compelling work here in Temple’s own backyard. Winners are selected from more than 150 entries by a panel of judges made up of Temple alumni and noted names in the industry.
The Temple FMA Department grants several awards to entrants, including the Benjamin Lazaroff Memorial Scholarship Fund (awarded to undergraduate or graduate FMA students who show excellence in screenwriting) and the Beatrice Deglin Leder Graduate Student Film and Video Production Award Fund (awarded to an outstanding FMA graduate student).
In addition, the Diamond Screen Film Festival awards exciting prizes to winners. Prizes have been sponsored by some of the most important companies in independent filmmaking, including DIVE/Shooters Post & Transfer, NFL Films, Cisco, Jungle Software, Other World Computing, Avid Technology, Focal Press, Videosmith, Gorilla Software, and Final Draft, Inc.
For information about the previous editions visit Diamond Screen Film Festival web site