The 40th anniversary presentation of the Redstones Film Festival, Boston University’s student and alumni film showcase traditionally held in Los Angeles and Boston, will move online this year, beginning April 17 and culminating on April 24 with a live-streamed awards ceremony.

“We were inspired to bring the events together, online, as a necessary response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Paul Schneider, chair of Boston University College of Communication film and television department. “Our student and alumni filmmakers have produced truly excellent work that deserves a safe space in which to share their passion and hard work with audiences eager to see it.”

The festival is free and for the first time features an Audience Award, as voted on by those in attendance virtually.

Redstones East Meets West Virtual Film Festival 2020 Schedule:

  • April 17-24: Streaming Redstone Finalists and Best Alumni Short Film
  • April 17-23 at 8 p.m. Eastern: Daily live streams and takeovers with filmmakers, cast and crew on Boston University College of Communication’s Instagram
  • April 24 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern: Live streamed Awards Ceremony and (Make-Your-Own) Cocktail Reception with a special toast to the Redstones 40th anniversary.

Awards to be presented during the ceremony and reception include:

  • Redstone Festival Student Awards
  • Best Alumni Short Award
  • Fleder Rosenberg Short Screenplay Contest Awards
  • The Film and Television Studies Award for Innovative Scholarship Award

The annual festival, affectionately known as “The Redstones,” is generously sponsored by the Redstone Foundation. Awards for festival winners are sponsored by Canon, Avid, and filmmakers Gary Fleder and Scott Rosenberg.

Redstones past winners and finalists are some of today’s most successful directors, screenwriters and producers, including:

  • Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie, Co-Directors and Co-Screenwriters (Uncut Gems, recipient of Independent Spirit Award for Best Director and chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2019)
  • Gary Fleder, Writer and Producer (Homefront, Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector)
  • Henry Hughes, Director (Day One, Academy Award nomination for Best Short Film 2015)
  • Nora Grossman, Producer (The Imitation Game, nominations for the Academy Award for Best Picture, the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture)
  • Chiemi Karasawa, Director and Producer (Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me)
  • Richard Gladstein, Producer (The Hateful Eight, Cider House Rules, Finding Neverland, The Bourne Identity with two-time Academy Award nominations for Best Film film)
  • Scott Rosenberg, Screenwriter (High Fidelity, Con Air, Beautiful Girls, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: New Series)
  • Jennifer Getzinger, Director (MadMen)

To find the schedule of streaming films, watch films and trailers, and register to join the April 24 Awards Ceremony, visit the 2020 Redstones online.

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