Annual Film Festival to be Hosted by WWU Movie Goers Club

William Woods University’s Movie Goers Student Film Club plans to promote awareness of the art of short films by hosting the organization’s annual film festival.


“The Short Cuts Film Festival” is scheduled to premiere at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, in the Library Auditorium. The festival is for educational purposes only, and is free and open to the public.


The film festival began six years ago, and the Movie Goers Club has played host for four years.


According to Greg Smith, assistant professor of English and faculty sponsor for the event, “The festival is held every year to promote awareness of the short film art form and to offer a forum for presentation of short films.”


The event will showcase mostly amateur films of local, national, and international origin. This year submissions were received from filmmakers in Bucharest and Spain, as well as WWU students. 


Four William Woods students will show their films at this year’s festival. John Couper of Columbia, Mo., will show “Fiji House Mystery,” Cal Hawkins of Wentzville, Mo., will present “Tucker Time,” Aaron Griffin of Jefferson City, Mo., will introduce “La Decision” and Justin Beyer of Linn, Mo., will feature “Channel Surfing 2: The Threequel,” a sequel to his film, “Channel Surfer’s ‘Top 10 Greatest Movie Countdown,” which was shown at last year’s festival.


 “The feature films are chosen based on their artistic and intellectual merits,” Smith added. “People attending the festival should be aware that although most of the featured films are not officially rated,

some of them may contain intense and mature content that may not be suitable for all viewers.”


The festival is limited to 100 viewers in the interest of both comfort and space. For more information on the festival, contact Smith at (573) 592-4399 or