The Red Brick Film Festival Committee tightened submission guidelines for the 2019 festival by only accepting submissions from students in good conduct standing, allowing a maximum of one movie per applicant, and requiring a majority of filmmakers on any one project to be Hendrix students. The committee also emphasized that it retains the right to disqualify other cases deemed appropriate.
Students not in good conduct standing are those on conduct probation. According to the Student Handbook, one can be placed under conduct probation following a “serious violation of College standards and policies.” Sanctions against such students now render them ineligible to submit films to the Red Brick Film Festival or win prizes.
This policy change comes in the wake of last year’s walkout during the film festival. The protest was led by Time’s Up Hendrix, a student organization whose mission is to “raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual assault and harassment on our campus.” On the topic of whether changes to the policy came based on the walkout, Red Brick Committee member Dean Wiltgen said that the change “stems from our policies about people’s abilities to participate in anything if they’re under any kind of conduct probation. It’s linked not to the Red Brick rules, but to the rules of the College.” Multimedia Technical Director Travis Peeples said, “the major changes are allowing just one movie instead of two, and not allowing submissions from students on conduct probation.”
The limit of only one movie per applicant does not restrict students from working on multiple projects but does restrict students from acting as project directors for multiple submissions. Likewise, the requirement for a majority of filmmakers to be Hendrix students doesn’t limit the number of nonstudent filmmakers, only the number as stacked up against the number of Hendrix students involved. The committee retains the right to disqualify short films in the cases of questionable conduct standing or based on excessive use of graphic language, nudity, and drug use.
Even in the cases of projects unfinished as of the submission deadline, an attempt is made to get them in their final form on screen. “What usually happens is I say ‘Okay, you can have until Wednesday to finish what you present at the festival, but the judges will only see and make their decisions based on what you have that Friday,’” Peeples said.