WINNERS of The 26th ANNUAL STUDENT SHOWCASE OF FILMS ARE ANNOUNCED

May 21, 2021

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Florida college and high school students earned cash prizes
for filmmaking talents despite pandemic challenges

(West Palm Beach, FL – May 21, 2021) - 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 on the website: pbfilm.com/SSOF

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

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
The Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films (SSOF) is Florida’s largest student film competition & award show, presenting more than  $1.6 million in cash and scholarships during its history, to high school and college students enrolled in film, television, graphic design and digital media courses. The SSOF red carpet awards show attracts more than 750 students along with celebrity presenters, entertainment industry professionals, educators, state and county officials and others. Previous presenters include Burt Reynolds, Vanilla Ice, Montel Williams, actress/comedian Cheri Oteri, Howie D. (Backstreet Boys), actor Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie), actor/director Bruce Campbell (Escape from LA), actor Clint Howard (The Waterboy), actress Linda Blair (The Exorcist) and more! 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 and Television Commission. For more information, visit
pbfilm.com/ssof.

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