Honoring Burt Reynolds

As an actor, stuntman, producer and director, Burt Reynolds had an unparalleled career. Having lived in Jupiter, FL for most of his life, he was a key player in the Palm Beach County film and theatre communities, navigating his roles as an international superstar and dedicated teacher with style and grace. 

On September 6, 2018 we lost not just an icon, but an ally and friend. Burt Reynolds was an instrumental supporter of the Student Showcase of Films and a mentor of up-and-coming talent. For 24 years, Florida’s largest student film competition and award show, the Student Showcase of Films, has awarded high school students with scholarships to pursue a career in the film and television industry and provided financial assistance for college. 

The Student Showcase of Films will continue to honor excellence in filmmaking by providing scholarships in his name for years to come. Please consider a donation to the Burt Reynolds Scholarship Fund. 100% of the donations received will go directly to the scholarship fund. Donations are not tax deductible.


Should you wish to donate by check, please make check out to:
Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission, Inc.

In the memo of the check, please record the following:
c/o Burt Reynolds Scholarship Fund

Mailing Address:
Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission, Inc.
Attn: Michelle Hillery
2195 Southern Boulevard, Suite 520
West Palm Beach, FL  33406

Phone: 800.745.3456  561-233-1000

For nearly two decades, the Burt Reynolds Scholarship created a path for students seeking a career in the film and television industry and provided financial assistance for college. Applicants are required to submit a demo reel, write an essay, garner teacher recommendations and perform community service. Mr. Reynolds played a vital role in the selection process, personally meeting each scholarship finalist, delving deeply into their character, talent and aspirations. His keen observations never missed a beat and each student he encountered would be forever changed. He relished his time getting to know aspiring student filmmakersMr. Reynolds always insisted on presenting the award personally at the annual Student Showcase of Films red-carpet awards show. The Student Showcase of Films, through the scholarship committee, 
will continue to honor his legacy by preserving the Burt Reynolds Scholarship Fund for years to come.

The Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films (SSOF) (formerly the Palm Beach International Film Festival's Student Showcase of Films) is the largest statewide film competition and awards show for Florida student filmmakers, writers, graphic design and digital media artists. The competition is crafted to grow and foster the talent found within Florida’s award-winning educational programs; with a goal of strengthening the workforce in The Palm Beaches and the State of Florida. The SSOF has given Florida students the experience of a lifetime, thrilling them on the red carpet, honoring them under the lights, promoting them in the media and lifting them up with cash prizes and scholarships totaling over $1.6 million during its 24 year history!

The juried competition recognizes outstanding high school and college students each year by presenting more than $15,000 in scholarships and awards in the following categories: High School & College Feature/Shorts, Suzanne L. Niedland Documentary, Animation, Vanilla Ice Music Video, Commercial/PSA, Environmental PSA, Mental Health Awareness PSA, Donald E. Ross Edication PSA, Screenwriting and Poster Design. Honoring the legacy of Burt Reynolds, the festival also awards an annual scholarship bearing his name, along with the Sara Fuller Scholarship sponsored through Film Florida.

The SSOF Red Carpet Awards Show attracts over 750 students and their families, along with celebrities, media, county and state dignitaries, performers and volunteers. Celebrity presenters have included Vanilla Ice, Montel Williams, Bruce Campbell, Howie D. Dorough, Chris Hayes, Emily Brooke, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Cheri Oteri and more! Student submissions are judged by a panel of industry professionals from around the globe. Hosted by actor, entertainer and funnyman Frank Licari, it’s a serious red carpet award show for Florida's student filmmakers! The Showcase 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 SSOF propels students on their way to success so that they always remember where they got their start. See the complete rules and regulations.

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 Ralf Gschwend (Poster Design).  For social media connections, please visit us on Facebook at StudentShowcaseOfFilms and follow us on Twitter @StudentFilmsFL.

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