The Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films (SSOF) is the largest statewide film competition and awards show for Florida student filmmakers, writers, graphic design and digital media artists. The competition is crafted to grow the talent found within Florida’s award-winning educational programs. The SSOF has given Florida students the experience of a lifetime, thrilling them on the red carpet, honoring and promoting them in the media, and awarding cash prizes and scholarships totaling over $1.6 million during its history.
The juried competition recognizes outstanding high school and college students each year by presenting over $15,000 in scholarships and awards. This year the show will honor the late acting and directing legend, Burt Reynolds, and will continue to endow a scholarship bearing his name, along with the Sara Fuller Scholarship sponsored through Film Florida.
The SSOF Red Carpet Awards Show attracts over 750 students and their families, along with celebrities, media, county and state dignitaries, performers and volunteers. Celebrity presenters have included the late Burt Reynolds, Bruce Campbell, Howie D. Dorough (Backstreet Boys), Chris Hayes, Vanilla Ice, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Cheri Oteri and more! Student submissions are judged by a panel of industry professionals from around the globe. Hosted by actor, entertainer and funnyman Frank Licari, it’s a serious red carpet award show for Florida's student filmmakers! The Showcase opens doors for emerging filmmakers to share their stories and get a jump start in their careers. Winners have garnered success as directors, writers and highly skilled cast and crew, as well as landing positions in some of the world’s top animaton studios. The SSOF propels students on their way to success so that they always remember where they got their start.
The Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films is funded by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners through the Department of Housing & Economic Sustainability. Major sponsors include Lynn University and the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission. Category sponsors include Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Inc. (Environmental PSA Award), Suzanne L. Niedland, Film Florida (Sara Fuller Scholarship), Michael Chasin (Nellie & Fred Chasin Screenwriting Award) and the Information Television Network (“Know Difference” Mental Health Awareness PSA Award). For social media connections, please visit us on Facebook at StudentShowcaseOfFilms and follow us on Twitter @StudentFilmsFL.
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23rd Annual Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films Review Show!
The 23rd Annual Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films Review Show is produced by the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission in partnership with Palm Beach County's Channel 20. Hosted by Michelle Hillery, Deputy Film Commissioner for Palm Beach County.