WKU Student Wins at the Nashville Film Festival

Charles Dillon Ward shows off his recent Nashville Film Festival Award for his script THE ANTS GO MARCHING.

Charles Dillon Ward shows off his Nashville Film Festival Award for his script THE ANTS GO MARCHING.

The English Department congratulates Charles Dillon Ward on his recent Nashville Film Festival Award in the “Thriller/Horror Short Film” category for his script The Ants Go Marching, which Ward says “is about sacrificing your soul to save your children.” The NaFF is a 10-day public celebration of film where Ward joined industry insiders and other filmmakers.

Ward’s script was one of 1500 entries from all around the country.Ward is a student of the Honors College and designed his own major, “Storytelling Traditions in Cinema, Literature, Art, and New Media,” by working with several departments, especially the School of Journalism & Broadcasting and the English Department. English’s Dr. David Bell says, “Dillon is a hard-working and determined student…. He’s already had a number of successes in the film world, and I NaFF-logosuspect he has many more ahead of him.” English and Film professor Dr. Ted Hovet comments, “[Dillon’s] screenplay…reflects his creative approach to storytelling, and it is a great honor for his work to have been selected out of so many submissions. We are excited that WKU is getting such strong recognition at a prestigious event like the [NaFF].”

Ward tells the department, “Nashville is one of the top 25 film festivals in the country, so when I found out I was a [finalist], I just kept saying to myself, ‘I got lucky this time, but I won’t win.’” In regard to receiving the award, he says, “I’m always thinking when I write, ‘no one will want to read this.’ I guess some people do.”

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