Film Festival holds renaming contest

Jesse Nadel

The Harvard-Westlake Film Festival is holding a contest for students to submit their ideas to rename the festival in order to give it a more inclusive image.

The contest ends Oct. 5, when the faculty and student leaders of the festival will determine the name that they believe best rebrands the event.

“Many people both in and out of the school thought the festival was only for Harvard-Westlake films, but clearly we are so much more than that,” senior festival director Tiana Coles ’16 said. “By having a different name, we’re hoping to open ourselves up to the community, allowing the festival itself and the people involved to be a part of something so much larger than just another high school film festival.”

The film festival committee decided to include students in the renaming process, dubbed the “(Re)Name Game,” in order promote the festival and get students involved during the early stages of the planning process, Coles said.

The winner of the contest will receive an $100 cash prize, a free dinner at the Arclight, where the festival is held before the event, and a copy of the night’s program autographed by the guest speaker.