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Two Metro Atlanta Students’ Film Selected to Premiere at the Prestigious 69th Cannes Film Festival

By: The Art Institutes

May 2, 2016

ATLANTA, GA, May 1, 2016 -- Students from The Art Institute of Atlanta are about to make their international debut at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. Jillian Kibler and Tim Collins are currently pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production at The Art Institute of Atlanta. The young filmmakers entered their short film, Kiss of Death, and it was accepted into the Short Film Corner at the festival in Cannes, France.

“We are extremely proud to have the work of our students presented on an international platform. Their hard work is an inspiration to me and to the entire Art Institutes community,” said Timothy Moscato, Chief Operating Officer, The Art Institutes system of schools.

The talented duo directed and produced the film and came up with its concept while working on a final school project together. 

“This is a testament to the amazing and creative faculty who challenge students every day as they work toward achieving their goals,” said Newton Myvett, President, The Art Institute of Atlanta. “I’m inspired by their accomplishments and thrilled for the current and future students who will be inspired to follow in their footsteps.”

Kiss of Death is a narrative short that centers on a couple’s plan to leave town by sundown, but takes an unexpected turn. The short was presented in a special student showcase at the Atlanta Film Festival and has been recognized at film festivals across the country including:

  • Top Indie Film, March 2016 for Best Student Film and Best No Budget Film
  • Los Angeles Independent Film Festival for Best Short Drama, Best Directors, Best Cinematography, Best Actor and Best Actress.
  • Official Selection of the New York State International Film Festival 
  • Kiss of Death has also been entered into the Los Angeles CineFest, Rome Cinema Festival, Miami Independent Film Festival, and the Direct Short Online Film Festival.

Both Jillian and Tim will document their nine day journey to France in May. The students intend to create a documentary about their film and their experiences at the Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York and Cannes film festivals. 

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By: The Art Institutes

May 2, 2016