Reality Bytes

Northern Illinois University's student-run film festival hits the big screen this week.

Krystal Termini is a spokesperson for the Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival. She says her class chose 17 films out of dozens of entries.

“Each week [during class] we watched about 10 films,” Termini explained. “And then each 10 films that we watched, we broke those down into ‘yes,’ ‘no,’ or ‘maybe.’”

This week is the 17th annual Reality Bytes film festival at Northern Illinois University.



Organizers say they've received more than 60 film submissions, which they will narrow down to around 20 to be viewed by the public.


The annual event is hosted by the NIU Department of Communication.


Organizer Tatianna Salisbury says there are some recurring themes in this year’s films.


NIU To Host Reality Bytes Film Festival

Apr 1, 2016

Northern Illinois University will hold its 15th annual Reality Bytes Film Festival April 5th through 7th

The event will feature a variety of submissions, ranging from short narratives and animations to full blown mini-documentaries.  While the event began with just NIU students, Director and NIU Media Professor Laura Vazquez says it’s expanded to include films from around the country, and even Russia and Australia.  She says the foreign films are particularly useful when it comes to cultural education.