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10-29-2015

Clarkson University Exchange Student Wins Award for Short Film at St. Lawrence International Film Festival

Clarkson University communication and media exchange student Sharlene Lee won the Student Film Award at the inaugural St. Lawrence International Film Festival in October.

Face ValueLee, a spring semester exchange student from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, was honored for her short film Face Value on the last day of the film festival.

Face Value, an experimental meditation on a long-distance relationship, was in competition with three other short films created by students from the other Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley.

"Face Value is a great example of experimental filmmaking of the highest order," said Adam Paul, executive director and founder of the St. Lawrence International Film Festival. "Sharlene clearly has a refined visual sensibility and understood how to create an emotional landscape through a montage of stunning images. We were thrilled to receive her submission and are equally thrilled to award her this inaugural student honor."

The four student finalists from the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley already had won internal competitions on each campus earlier in the year to advance to the final competition during the festival, which was held in October in Canton, N.Y., Potsdam, N.Y., Brockville, Ontario, and Ottawa, Ontario.

The St. Lawrence International Film Festival plans to conduct the student film competition every year as part of the festival. The Student Film Award is sponsored by St. Lawrence University.

The St. Lawrence International Film Festival is an annual world-class event established to showcase the best in new and classic films to a worldwide audience in the picturesque St. Lawrence River Valley. Through partnerships on both sides of the U.S. and Canada border, St. Lawrence International Film Festival seeks to encourage cultural exchange, tourism and trade by combining the region's unique academic, natural, urban and rural resources into a truly international event headquartered in Canton, N.Y., with additional venues in Ottawa and Brockville, Canada, and Potsdam, N.Y.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University communication and media exchange student Sharlene Lee, who is from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, won the Student Film Award for her film, Face Value, at the inaugural St. Lawrence International Film Festival.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/slee-facevalue.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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