Harry Potter-Themed Headwaters Film Festival Kicks Off on March 30

Wizardry and witchcraft will fill the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on March 30-31 for Bemidji State University’s Harry Potter-themed fifth annual Headwaters Film Festival.

The two-day festival will feature a collection of films from the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, screenings of international student films and 15 films by student filmmakers from Minnesota. International film screenings will include a Skype session with guest speakers from Turkey and videos from the Syros Summer Seminar. The international film competition will include student submissions from Germany, Austria, Spain, Bulgaria, Senegal, Jordan/Palestine, Singapore and Australia.

A film from the Harry Potter series will cap each day of the festival. A limited number of wands and Harry Potter glasses will be given away prior to each session of the festival, and popcorn, candy and beverages will be available.

All Headwaters Film Festival activities will be held in the Main Theatre of BSU’s Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex and are open to the public free of charge.

The Headwaters Film Festival is a completely student-run initiative that is planned, produced and operated by students taking the Headwaters Film Festival course in BSU’s Department of Integrated Media, taught by Deb Sea, assistant professor of integrated media. This year, more than 30 students are taking the course and producing the festival.

Minnesota Student Films

This year’s Minnesota Student Filmmakers competition features 15 films by 16 students from Bemidji State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minnesota State University Mankato and the University of Minnesota. Three entries were produced by Bemidji State students, and BSU student Judson Tharin collaborated on three entries with University of Minnesota student Will Nordstrom.

  • “Depression” by Hannah Cook, Bemidji State University
  • “Downward Spiral” by Hana Kim, Shelana Ysen and Kelsey Jacobson, Bemidji State University
  • “Chris and Kaela” by Tristen Carlson, Bemidji State University
  • “New Form of Deliverance”, “Iced Lines and Dark Water” and “Light, shifting the shapes I once saw” by Will Nordstrom, University of Minnesota, and Judson Tharin, Bemidji State University
  • “Printer” by Derek Bauer and Jess Kalina, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • “Sci-Fi Hour Line” by Joe Greening, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • “The B’s Knees” and “Safe” by Katie Urman, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • “The Barbershop Barbershop” by Bryce Barrie, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • “Jazzy and Mumbo” by Aaron Beck, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • “Electric Love” by Zachary Liverseed, Minnesota State University Mankato
  • “Lost 40” by Seth Dahlseid, University of Minnesota
  • “Specular Experiment” by Torey Erin, University of Minnesota

Colorado Environmental Film Festival

The Colorado Environmental Film Festival features films and dialogue that raise awareness of a wide variety of interconnected ecological, social and economic themes. The festival’s goal is to have its audiences leave feeling as if they can be a part of the solution to environmental problems.

The Syros Summer Seminar

The Syros Summer Seminar, held on the Greek island of Syros, is an intensive 10-day workshop on journalism, new media, culture and the creative economy that accepts only 25 graduate and advanced undergraduate students from around the world each year.

Festival Schedule

Thursday – March 30

12:30-1:45 p.m. – Colorado Environmental Film Festival
2-3:15 p.m. – International Student Films
3:30-4:45 p.m. – International Student Films II; guest speaker to be announced
5-7:45 p.m. – Feature film, “Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone”

Friday – March 31

1-1:50 p.m. — International Student Films, Skype guest speakers from Turkey and Syros Seminar videos
2-2:50 p.m. — International Student Films
3-3:50 p.m. — Minnesota Student Films plus talkback sessions
4-4:50 p.m. — Minnesota Student Films plus talkback sessions
5-7:30 p.m. — Festival prize winners and feature film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”


Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. A member of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. Bemidji State has an enrollment of more than 5,100 students and a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding.