Top Ten Student Filmmaker High School Features Announced for 2016 Student Showcase of Films!

February 18, 2016


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Palm Beach County, FL (February 18, 2016) – The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) – in collaboration with the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission, announced the top ten high school features/shorts, as scored by the judges, which are eligible for online voting, beginning February 18th through midnight on March 10th.

The feature short with the most online votes will receive the $500 Audience Award at the Student Showcase of Films. Voting will be available by going to  Entries for the audience award include:

  • Cristian Aguiar, G-Star School of the Arts, America

  • Erica Criss, Key West High School, What If?

  • Aaron Gauger, Dixie Hollins High School, Could Be Worse

  • Maddie Glas, Howard W. Blake High School, Sincerely, Me

  • Wesley Hayes, Harrison School of the Arts, Double Trouble

  • Wesley Hayes, Harrison School of the Arts, Tick Tock

  • Mackenzie Pike, Harrison School of the Arts, Whipped

  • William Stead, Harrison School of the Arts, Common Ground

  • William Stead, Harrison School of the Arts, Crash Course

  • Jesse Veliz, Calvary Christian Academy, Friend-tervention

The 21st Annual Student Showcase of Films will take place at the Keith C. & Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University on March 11, 2016 at 10:00am. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by March 1 by emailing or calling 561.233.1000.

About the Student Showcase of Films

Over $11,000 will be given in scholarships and awards at the live award show. Each year, top industry professionals judge the submitted entries and competition finalists are honored at a sizzling live awards show for more than 700 attendees from around the state. Winning student films will also be screened in their entirety on the “big screen” at the students’ own premiere during PBIFF, April 6 – April 14, 2016.

For more information about the Student Showcase of Films, please visit or This program is funded by the PBIFF, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, the Palm Beach County’s Office of Economic Sustainability and the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission.

About the Palm Beach International Film Festival (April 6 – April 14, 2016)

The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) has secured its place as one of America’s top film festivals including a long history of representing the best in American independent and foreign films from around the globe. The festival thrives in the true spirit of independent cinema. In 2015, the 20th PBIFF hosted 121 films from 24 countries. 78 features were presented, including 30 World, International, North American, and US Premieres. Nearly half were directed by women. Over 60 filmmakers, cast, and crew attended the festival from countries such as Australia, Canada, Israel, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela, to name just a few. In its second year, the festival’s popular sidebar “The Jewish Experience” featured 32 Jewish and Israeli-centric films, including 10 from Israel. 

Visiting filmmakers enjoy the hospitality of a film-friendly community, welcoming audiences, and making new industry contacts from around the world. Dedicated to making a difference in the lives of future filmmakers, the festival hosts insightful industry panels, student filmmaking programs, and unique networking opportunities all set against the background of Palm Beach County’s tropical beaches, waterways, and elite venues. 

The PBIFF has hosted a bevy of top celebrities and filmmakers including Academy Award® Winners Adrien Brody, Anthony Hopkins, Tommy Lee Jones, Faye Dunaway, Dennis Hopper, Louise Fletcher, and Michael Caine; and 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.

For more information about the 21st PBIFF go to


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