The Salt City International Film Festival aims to highlight emerging talent, and create new found global connections among student filmmakers and was founded in 2021 by Melina Psarros and Samantha Slaughter. Due to COVID-19, the festival and its events was held virtually throughout the weekend of April 23rd-25th, 2021.
SU seniors Samantha Slaughter and Melina Psarros, the co-directors and co-founders of the film festival, are both DKA members and started organizing the event during winter break.
Slaughter and Psarros opened the festival to college students across the world — and received submissions from India and Korea — as a way to network with other film students and amplify the exposure of international films. “In my education, I unfortunately have not received that much exposure to international film,” Psarros said. “It’s something that you have to seek out yourself, which I hope changes in the future.”
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The events of the festival included three industry guest speakers, a networking event partnered with CAVA Collective, and livestreams of the festival's selected films. Psarros ran the festival's social media, coordinated the guest speakers & networking event, and was in charge of running the livestream film screenings. All of the festival's events had upwards of 50 attendees from across the globe.
Below are some highlights from the festival and its events along with links to the festival's Instagram page and Website.