September 7, 2018

The Student Showcase of Films (SSOF) is a launching pad to success for many emerging Florida filmmakers. To honor its 24th season opening next month, we look back at three different stories, three years apart, and one degree of separation – the largest student film competition and award show in Florida.

Kelsey Scott

(2000) Kelsey Scott won College Feature Short for The Buse as a student of Florida State University’s College of Motion Pictures Arts. Today she is best known for her role as Anne Northup in the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave and as Rose on How to Get Away With Murder. Kelsey gives back through organizations that encourage artistic expression in young people such as Kids in the Spotlight which enlists professional filmmakers to train foster care youth to create their own short films.

Wes Ball

(2003) Wes Ball took 3rd Place in College Feature Short for his film, Work in Progress, as a student of FSU’s College of Motion Pictures Arts. Wes is now a power player in Hollywood directing the Maze Runner film trilogy with a worldwide box office of $950 million. Wes is currently is set to direct a film adaptation of Fall of Gods from Denmark-based Mood Studios.

John Logan Pierson

(2006) John Logan Pierson was the winner of the Burt Reynolds Scholarship as a senior at St. Andrews School in Boca Raton. John’s talent led him to serve as Director of Film & Television Production for The Weinstein Company, overseeing production of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny. John was then recruited as Vice President of Features for Director Peter Berg’s production company Film 44, executive producing the feature film Patriots Day starring Mark Wahlberg.

The 24th Annual SSOF is April 5, 2019 where future success stories will walk the red carpet at Lynn University in Boca Raton! Learn more at


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