The Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films (SSOF) is ready to kick off its 24th season! Honoring the late Burt Reynolds, the SSOF will continue to offer a scholarship bearing his name, forever memorializing his legacy as a staunch advocate for film education. For nearly two decades, Mr. Reynolds personally interviewed scholarship applicants and presented the award onstage. Because the SSOF meant the world to him, his family asked for donations to be made to the Burt Reynolds Scholarship Fund and are being accepted online at pbfilm.com/student-showcase. The SSOF is the largest student film competition and awards show in Florida, and this year will offer more prize money than ever before to Florida student filmmakers. Over $15,000 is up for grabs in categories such as High School and College Feature, Animation, PSAs, the Suzanne L. Niedland Documentary Scholarship, the Vanilla Ice Music Video Award and more.
Burt Reynolds presents at the 2018 SSOF and Vanilla Ice has some pre-show fun at the 2018 SSOF
“You’ve got to put fuel in to have lift off and that’s what the SSOF is,” says longtime supporter and presenter, Vanilla Ice. “It’s a stepping stone for students to get recognized and understand the industry.” Student success is also fueled by 40 industry professionals from around the globe who serve as judges. Past judges have included Emmy-winning TV writer/show-runner Chic Eglee, American Idol Musical Director Michael Orland, ESPN filmmaker Billy Corben, Miami casting agent Ellen Jacoby and more! Selected judges evaluate hundreds of submissions to select the top three finalists in each category. Winners will be announced during the red carpet award show, April 5, 2019, at the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University. See more at pbfilm.com/student-showcase-of-films.