The Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films (SSOF) is the largest statewide film competition and awards show for Florida's student filmmakers, writers, graphic design and digital media artists. The competition is crafted to grow the talent within Florida’s award-winning educational programs and has given Florida students the experience of a lifetime, honoring and promoting them in the media, and awarding scholarships totaling over $1.6 million during its history.
The juried competition recognizes outstanding high school and college students each year by presenting over $15,000 in scholarships and awards. This year the show honored the late acting and directing legend, Burt Reynolds, and will continue to endow a scholarship bearing his name, along with the Sara Fuller Scholarship sponsored through Film Florida.
This years red carpet award show attracted over 850 students and their families, along with celebrities, media, county dignitaries and volunteers. Hosted by actor, entertainer and funnyman Frank Licari, it’s a serious red carpet award show for Florida's student filmmakers. The experience opens doors for emerging filmmakers to share their stories and get a jump start in their careers. Winners have garnered success as directors, writers and highly skilled cast and crew, as well as landing positions in some of the world’s top animaton studios.
The Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films 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), Suzanne L. Niedland, Film Florida (Sara Fuller Scholarship), Michael Chasin (Nellie & Fred Chasin Screenwriting Award) and the Information Television Network (“Know Difference” Mental Health Awareness PSA Award). For social media connections, please visit us on Facebook at StudentShowcaseOfFilms and follow us on Twitter @StudentFilmsFL.