DocumentaryCriteria for documentary submissions to the Student Showcase of Films
Documentaries can be funny, touching disturbing, ironic, absurd, inspirational,
amusing, shocking or any combination.  It is a genre of filmmaking that uses scenes, photographs and or the sounds of real people and
events either historical or present day.

The Suzanne L. Niedland Documentary Scholarship

Open to Florida high school and college students.
Film must be no shorter than 3 minutes and not to exceed 25 minutes (TRT).
$500 Award.  Funds will be awarded to the submitting student.

The Suzanne Niedland Documentary Scholarship was created to honor Ms. Suzanne Niedland—a champion of student filmmakers and Florida’s production industry. Ms. Niedland is an esteemed judge for the Student Showcase of Films’ Burt Reynolds Scholarship, giving freely of herself to recognize exceptional Palm Beach County high school students. This scholarship honors her by supporting future filmmakers and encouraging excellence in the field of motion picture education.

Submitted projects will be judged on the following set of criteria:

Production Value

To begin the process of submitting your Documentary, complete the Student Showcase of Films
Online Application (CLOSED). Our system will guide you through the necessary steps to completion.

Suzanne Niedland is the Co-Chair of the Kennedy Center International Committee of Arts; a member of the National Committee for the Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center; an Advisory Committee Member of The DeVos Institute for Arts Management.  Ms. Niedland is a current appointee, by Governor Rick Scott, to the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council (FFEAC), which serves as an advisory body to the Department of Economic Opportunity for insight and expertise related to the entertainment industry in Florida. Suzanne earned her Master’s degree in Documentary Filmmaking from the University of Florida. Currently, she is working on a documentary about her journey in dance, as well as another documentary about her friend, Burt Reynolds.

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