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Film schools from across the nation will be represented when Montana State University hosts the 68th annual University Film & Video Association conference, Wednesday through Saturday.

The UFVA conference will feature award-winning filmmaker Christine Vachon and Sylvia Earle, a National Geographic Society explorer in residence.

The University Film and Video Association is a national and international organization of professors, scholars, film and video makers. More than 375 participants and vendors are registered. Past conferences have been held in Chicago and Los Angeles. Workshops will be led by film-school professionals from New York to Florida, Michigan and Texas.

Vachon has won the Independent Spirit and Gotham awards, and produced such independent feature films as the Academy Award-winning “Boys Don’t Cry,” as well as “Far From Heaven,” and “I’m Not There.” The keynote conversation with Vachon takes place 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Gaines Hall, Room 101. Her participation is sponsored by the Montana Film Office and MSU School of Film and Photography.

Earle has led more than 100 expeditions as an oceanographer and explorer, earning Time magazine’s first “Hero for the Planet” award and being called a living legend by the Library of Congress. She will be presented with the Ronald B. Tobias Award for Achievement in Science and Natural History Filmmaking Education at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Procrastinator Theater.

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