Autumn Kisling, a fourth-year screenwriting student in the College of Liberal Arts at Metropolitan State University, has been selected to participate as a panel member of the Mezcal Jury at the 2017 Guadalajara International Film Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico, March 10-17.

Each year the Guadalajara International Film festival invites 30 students from premiere film and screenwriting universities throughout North and South America to participate in the Mezcal Jury. Kisling and her cohorts will spend eight days at the festival viewing films, interacting with other students and professionals from around the world, socializing, networking and attending presentations. She and the other Mezcal Jury students will select the “Mezcal Best Mexican Film” award winner.

Kisling has a creative writing BA (2013) from Metropolitan State and is completing a second degree in screenwriting (2017). A short film she wrote and directed premiered in the 2016 Frozen Film Festival in Saint Paul. She lives in Richfield with her husband and two children. She is currently writing a memoir about growing up in the north woods of Minnesota.

“We are proud of Autumn’s accomplishments and thrilled that she has been selected for this great opportunity,” said James Byrne, coordinator of the Screenwriting Program at Metropolitan State. “Autumn is a talented screenwriter, a successful student, and a wonderful person. She is one of Metropolitan State’s finest and she will represent us well at this prestigious international event.”

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