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The Palm Beaches Student Showcase Of Films

WINNERS of The 26th ANNUAL STUDENT SHOWCASE OF FILMS!

The 2021 SSOF AWARD SHOW!

The 26th Annual Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films (SSOF), Florida’s largest student film competition and award show, proudly announced this year’s class of winners.

“I’m so proud of the work our students were able to produce in spite of unimaginable circumstances. They truly made the ordinary, extraordinary!” said Michelle Hillery, Palm Beach County Deputy Film Commissioner and SSOF Executive Producer. 

Winners were announced during a dazzling, fun-filled Facebook show and included congratulations and “shoutouts” from some of television’s hottest stars. Host and producer Frank Licari brilliantly weaved song and humor into the celebration. To see which famous faces offered congratulations, view the entire show above! 

Fifty-four film industry professionals from around the world had the difficult challenge of selecting finalists from 260 eligible entries in 12 categories. More than $20,000 in scholarship money, along with customized signature trophies, were awarded.  

The winners of The 26th Annual Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films

Commercial/PSA Award ($750)
Nate Livingston, G-Star School of the Arts (West Palm Beach) - Wear a Mask

Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful Inc. Environmental PSA Award ($1,000)
Adam Goldstick, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (West Palm Beach) - It’s That Easy: Plastic Pollution

Vanilla Ice Music Video Award ($1,000)
Cooper Shapiro, Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts (Tallahassee) - Pushhh

Nellie & Fred Chasin Screenwriting Award ($500)
Darla Miller, Hollywood Hills High School (Hollywood) - Artistic Uprising

Animation Award ($1,000)
Mengyuan Guo, Ringling College of Art & Design (Sarasota) - Tricked

Suzanne L. Niedland Documentary Award ($1,000)
Shelby Hatcher, Seminole Ridge Community High School (Loxahatchee) - Save Our Sea

Burt Reynolds Scholarship ($5,000)
Shelby Hatcher, Seminole Ridge Community High School (Loxahatchee)

Sara Fuller Scholarship ($1,000)
Milan Tangirala, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (West Palm Beach)

Honorary Burt Reynolds Award ($1,000)
Adam Goldstick, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (West Palm Beach)

High School Feature/Short Awards

1st Place – Elizabeth Arceneaux, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (Jacksonville) - A Brother's Love ($1,500)

2nd Place – Drew Kelly, Nature Coast Technical High School (Brooksville) - For a Long Time ($1,000)

3rd Place – Lucca Vieria, Cypress Bay High School (Weston) - Silhouette ($750)

College Feature/Short Awards

1st Place – William Stead, Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts (Tallahassee) - All The Young Dudes ($2,000)

2nd Place –Geena Hernandez, Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts (Tallahassee) - Pine Mountain Overnight ($1,500)

3rd Place –  Rheanna Wynter, Florida State University Digital Media Production (Tallahassee) - Unshopping ($1,250)

Special Recognition Awards

Best Director – Elizabeth Arceneaux, Douglass Anderson School of the Arts (Jacksonville) - A Brother’s Love

Best Editing – Samuel Correa, West Broward High School (Pembroke Pines) - ILEA

Best Production Design – Aaron Brooks, Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts (Tallahassee) - All The Young Dudes

Best Special Effects – Samuel Correa, West Broward High School (Pembroke Pines) - ILEA

Poster Design Award ($750)
Betel Rayo, G-Star School of the Arts, (West Palm Beach) 

About the Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films
For nearly three decades, SSOF has awarded more than $1.6 million.  The program offers more than $20,000 in cash, scholarships, and prizes. The SSOF is the cornerstone of the education outreach initiative of The Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission.  The competition engages faculty and school administrators in guiding student participation.  The SSOF is funded by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners through the Department of Housing & Economic Sustainability and the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission. Award sponsors include Suzanne L. Niedland (Suzanne L. Niedland Documentary Scholarship), Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Inc. (Environmental PSA Award), Film Florida (Sara Fuller Scholarship), and Michael Chasin (Nellie & Fred Chasin Screenwriting Award).

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