October 2, 2019

Celebrating a 25th Anniversary, The Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films (SSOF) is officially open for entries. The 2020 competition is free to enter for aspiring filmmakers, writers, graphic designers and digital media artists enrolled in any high school or college in Florida. Marking the silver celebration, the program boasts increased awards with more than $20,000 in cash up for grabs in the following categories: Feature/Short, Documentary, Music Video, Animation, Screenwriting, Poster Design, a new Education PSA and others. And, in a continuing tribute to film legend Burt Reynolds, the SSOF will present to a Palm Beach County high school senior The Burt Reynolds Scholarship, a bigger $5,000 cash prize.

Entries are judged by an international panel of more than 40 entertainment industry experts. Among the list of previous judges are Emmy Award-winning TV writer/showrunner Chic Eglee (American Gods), musical director Michael Orland (American Idol), ESPN documentary filmmaker Billy Corben, visual effects supervisor Dean Lyon, digital content creator Cody Johns, acclaimed television writer Hal Cantor, wildlife specialist and host of Nikon’s Birding Adventures James Currie, Executive Producer for Warner Animation Group Jinko Gotoh, documentary filmmaker and Broadway Producer Suzanne Niedland, Russian Arm Specialist Michael Jordan, President of Ellen Jacoby Casting International Ellen Jacoby, Pixar animator Michael Bidinger, Carnegie Hall violinist Nick Kendall, Executive Producer for Peter Berg’s Film 44 John Logan Pierson, Hollywood composer, arranger and orchestrator Hal RosenfeldPost Beach Post columnist Leslie Gray Streeter, news anchors Jay Cashmere and Ric Blackwell and former Carolco Pictures C.O.O and filmmaker Jacqueline Journey, just to highlight a few. 

Students on the SSOF Red Carpet

Winners will be announced at an exciting red carpet award show on Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University. The award show is hosted by award-winning actor/director Frank Licari (South Florida PBS’ On the Town in The Palm Beaches) and attracts a standing-room-only audience of students, celebrity presenters, industry professionals, government dignitaries, media and more. Previous presenters include musicians Vanilla Ice and Howie D. (Backstreet Boys), TV host Montel Williams, actors Cheri Oteri (SNL), Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Bruce Campbell (Ash vs. Evil Dead), Clint Howard (The Waterboy), Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie) and of course, the legendary Burt Reynolds. For more info about the competition visit


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