The entries submitted by future filmmakers and artists David Freund, Chris Waddington and Marvin Cooper were selected out of nearly 300 submissions that included high school and college students. The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) in collaboration with the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission will award this next generation of Florida filmmakers with more than $10,000 in cash and scholarships.
David Freund and Chris Waddington are seniors at Seminole Ridge High School with an impressive artistic talent and remarkable GPAs. They collaborated evenly and took 1st place in the Commercial/PSA category by creating a piece intended to increase awareness about the effects of tobacco titled “Above the Influence.”
Follow this link to watch David and Chris’ “Above the Influence” PSA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOVh_Je7Nus
The Student Showcase of Films opens many doors for these students as they are recognized by other fellow students and film industry professionals. Marvin Cooper, 11th grader, focuses on his academic success and filmmaking skills at South Tech Academy he took 1st place in the Poster category.
Marvin Cooper's Poster
Entries are judged by 25 industry professionals from around the United States and winning student films will be screened in their entirety during the film festival in April 2013.
Florida native and longtime supporter Burt Reynolds will present the $2,500 scholarship that also that bears his name. This year’s Burt Reynolds Scholarship Winner is Zachary Lambe of G-Star School of the Arts. Presented through Film Florida, SSOF will present a $500 Sara Fuller Scholarship to Evan DeCarmine from G-Star School of the Arts.
Below is the list of the other Student Showcase of Films Finalists:
James Feeney, Florida State University, Killer Kart
Frank Gould and Jeremy Hicks, Valencia College, Moments Like These
Jason Whitmore, Florida State University, At The End
Feature/Short, High School:
Daniela Arguello, Cypress Bay High School, The List
Andrew Davis, Calvary Christian Academy, Dependence
Jose Ordonez, Calvary Christian Academy, Masquerade
1st Place Documentary
Lance Oppenheim, Pine Crest School, The Dogmatic
1st Place Music Video
Matthew Del Bene, University of Central Florida; Alex Cole’s Music Video
1st Place Animation
Alyse Miller and Phillip Simon, Ringling College of Art and Design; The Colors of Evil
In addition to these categories, an Audience Award winner will be announced, and the 2012 animation category winners, Ellyn Snider and Zoe Hammond, will be awarded for their film, “Story Time.”
The winners of this year’s competition will walk the red carpet and receive awards in front of more than 700 attendees at the live SSOF awards show on Friday, March 15. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Keith C. & Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL.
For more information about the Student Showcase of Films, please visit pbfilm.com or Facebook.com/StudentShowcaseOfFilms. This program is funded by the PBIFF, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, the Palm Beach County Economic Development Office and the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission.
About the Palm Beach International Film Festival (April 4-11, 2013)
The PBIFF is a not for profit 501 (c) 3 founded in 1996 with the vision of offering an exciting cultural venue for the community and to be a tremendous fundraiser for educational film and television programs. The festival hosts more than 15,000 filmgoers annually, has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Destination Film Festivals in the World by Moviemaker Magazine. The festival has screened more than 322World Premieres, 177 Student Films and 2,168 films from 65 countries.
The PBIFF has welcomed a bevy of top talent and filmmakers including: Academy Award® Winners Adrien Brody, Anthony Hopkins, Tommy Lee Jones, Faye Dunaway, Dennis Hopper, Louise Fletcher and Michael Caine; Academy Award® Nominees Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Robert Evans, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Harrelson, Richard Jenkins and Burt Reynolds. Along with countless other legends, stars and filmmakers that have created movie magic for the past 80 years, including: Roger Moore, Faye Wray, Esther Williams, Anouk Aimee, Samuel L. Jackson, Cyd Charisse, Richard Zanuck, William Friedkin, Brett Ratner, Jacqueline Bisset, Michael Clarke Duncan and Rod Steiger.
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