Florida Student Filmmakers Announced as FINALISTS for the 24th Annual Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films

March 6, 2019

Burt Reynolds to be honored! Vanilla Ice and other SURPRISE celebrities to present awards!
Frank Licari hosts “Burt Reynolds” themed show – celebrating the legend and legacy he leaves behind!

Palm Beach County, FL (March 7, 2019) – The Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission announced the finalists for the 24th Annual Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films (SSOF). Winners will be revealed and over $15,000 in cash and prizes are to be awarded during the red-carpet awards show on April 5th at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Legendary actor/director, Burt Reynolds, a longtime SSOF supporter and presenter, will be honored in a fun, heartfelt tribute to his career, as well as his contributions to the SSOF. TV star/rap icon, Vanilla Ice, will bestow the Vanilla Ice Music Video Award, among other SURPRISE celebrity award presenters announced closer to show time. The live show is hosted by stage and screen actor, musician, entertainer and star of PBS South Florida’s On the Town in The Palm Beaches, Frank Licari.

Florida colleges and universities with film, television and digital media programs have been invited to exhibit in the lobby of the theatre. Representatives Keiser University’s Cinematic Arts, Lynn University, New York Film Academy Miami and Palm Beach Atlantic University will be on hand to answer questions and handout materials. Students will have the opportunity before and after the show to talk with and get information on these programs.

Michelle Hillery, Palm Beach County’s Deputy Film Commissioner and Executive Producer of the Student Showcase of Films stated, “This year the Student Showcase of Films received almost 700 student submissions from over 50 different schools across Florida. Our judging panel of 45 industry professionals had a tough assignment choosing the finalists, and at the live awards show the audience will experience firsthand the outstanding level of talent found in Florida schools!”

The placements of the winners for the Feature/Short categories, the Burt Reynolds and Sara Fuller scholarships and all other categories, will be announced at the 24th Annual Red Carpet Awards Show. The finalists in ALPHABETCIAL order are:

Burt Reynolds & Sara Fuller Scholarship Finalists
Joey Aliberto, G-Star School of the Arts (Palm Springs)
Valerie Betts, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (West Palm Beach)
Andre Sanchez, Palm Beach Gardens High School (Palm Beach Gardens)
Roberto Torres, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (West Palm Beach)

High School Feature/Short Finalists
Amaya Cranston,
Dixie Hollins High School (Seminole), Hero
Isaiah Fernandez, West Broward High School (Pembroke Pines), The Art of Our Odds
Molly Smith, Monteverde Academy (Monteverde), I Don’t Know

College Feature/Short Finalists
Jake Hutchison, Florida State University (Tallahassee), Standardized Heisting
Xiao Ma, Florida State University (Tallahassee), The Invisible Man and the Blind Girl
Maxwell Price, Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton), Mates

The Suzanne L. Niedland Documentary Finalists
Elizabeth Arceneaux, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (Jacksonville), More Than a Tennis Coach
Eli Dreyfuss, Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton), My Everyday Hero
Alyce Rogers, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (Jacksonville), Yellow House

The Vanilla Ice Music Video Finalists
Ahava Greenbaum and Susanne Reiter, David Posnack High School (Davie), Points4Love
Brunel Irene, Palm Beach Gardens High School (Palm Beach Gardens), Scream Loud
Mason Pace, St. Andrew’s School (Boca Raton), Mason Pace Band – Timmy and Jimmy

Animation Finalists
Sagar Arun and Rachel Kral, Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota), Rebooted
Ga Young Choi, Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota), Nodding Off
Jessica Stanley and Nina Gerstenhaber, Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota), The Rose Garden

Commercial/PSA Finalists
Emma Gillian, West Broward High School (Pembroke Pines), Get Ready with Me
Brunel Irene, Palm Beach Gardens High School (Palm Beach Gardens), Maybe You’re Just Making Excuses
Molly Smith, Monteverde Academy (Monteverde), Rules for Girls - Adidas

Environmental Awareness PSA Finalists
Shelby Hatcher, Seminole Ridge Community High School (Loxahatchee), Plastic Pollution PSA
Julia Moran, Palm Beach Gardens High School (Palm Beach Gardens), End Plastic Pollution
Jackson Seagraves, Paxon School for Advanced Studies (Jacksonville), The Treacherous Voyage

Mental Health Awareness PSA Finalists
Vincent Bonasera, G-Star School of the Arts (Palm Springs), Fallen
Eugene Holsey, Paxon School for Advanced Studies (Jacksonville), Know That I’m Not Different
Lizardo Rivadeneira, Carly Accorto and Nyanka Ignace, G-Star School of the Arts (Palm Springs), Drugs

Nellie & Fred Chasin Screenwriting Finalists
Jason Dobuler, Jupiter High School (Jupiter), An Odorless Ordeal
Divya Navani, Key West High School (Key West), Into the Heart
Virgina Tompkins, Hollywood Hills High School (Hollywood), The Choice

Poster Design Finalists
Matthew Ohnmeiss, Palm Beach Gardens High School (Palm Beach Gardens), 2020 Poster Design
Logan Stewart, Nova Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale), 2020 Poster Design
Elise Roberts, G-Star School of the Arts (Palm Springs) 2020 Poster Design

The red-carpet awards show will take place at the Keith C. & Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University on April 5, 2019, pre-show festivities beginning at 9:30am and the live awards show at 10:30am. The event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by March 22nd by emailing ajordat.com or calling 561.233.1000.

About the Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films
Student submissions are judged by industry professionals with finalists to be presented with cash awards and prizes during the red carpet awards show on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Every year, the SSOF awards show attracts more than 750 students and their families, along with celebrity presenters, industry pros, media, state and county dignitaries, performers and more. Celebrity presenters have included Burt Reynolds, Vanilla Ice, Cheri Oteri, Backstreet Boys Howie D., Thomas Ian Nicholas, Bruce Campbell, Clint Howard, Linda Blair and many more! The live show is hosted by stage and screen actor, musician, entertainer and star of PBS South Florida’s On the Town in The Palm Beaches, Frank Licari! The SSOF 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), Film Florida (Sara Fuller Scholarship), Suzanne L. Niedland (Suzanne L. Niedland Documentary), Michael Chasin (Nellie & Fred Chasin Screenwriting Award) and Ralf Gschwend (Poster Design). For more information, please visit www.pbfilm.com/ssof.

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