Foreign Language Film Festival
Red carpets, paparazzi, and award-winning movies are normally found in Hollywood, but on February 21st, the Academy Awards came to Berkshire. The first annual Foreign Language Film Festival took over the Great Room in Berkshire Hall as students and faculty viewed the short movies created by the language students. These projects allow the students to flex their creative muscle, work collaboratively, and practice their conversational skills in the target language. Students worked tirelessly over the last several weeks writing scripts, practicing their lines, filming, and finally editing their movies. The nominated short films featured subtitles, which enabled the enthusiastic audience to comprehend the dialogue. The quality of storytelling, acting, and special effects kept the audience amused for just over an hour. Meanwhile, the five judges, Dr. Merrill, Mr. Joassaint, Ms. Skoglund, Mr. Splawn, and Ms. Xu, gave each entertaining film a critical eye in order to select their pick for best short skit and commercial. By the end of the evening, the audience had witnessed the beginning of a wonderful Berkshire tradition of showcasing many students’ outstanding talent and creativity in the study of foreign language. Ideas are already percolating for 2014. The Oscar winners will be announced on Saturday, March 30th.
Click here to view two of the short films that were screened that night.
-- Jen Anderson, Spanish teacher and Director of the Center for Global Initiatives