JUDGES ARE SET FOR THE 27th ANNUAL PALM BEACHES STUDENT SHOWCASE OF FILMS
February 02, 2022
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Saluting Florida’s Future Filmmakers
JUDGES ARE SET FOR
THE 27th ANNUAL PALM BEACHES STUDENT SHOWCASE of FILMS
Actors, Musicians, Producers and Other Industry Professionals to Participate in
Film Competition for Florida Students
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PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (February 2, 2022) - The 27th Annual Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films (SSOF) submission window is officially closed, and entries will now move on to the judging process. Today, The SSOF announces a dynamic list of industry professionals who will judge this year’s submissions. To read more about the 10 judges highlighted here and the entire international panel of new and returning judges – a staggering 49 in all, visit: pbfilm.com/SSOFjudges
Vanilla Ice is an award-winning American Rapper, Actor and Television Host residing in Palm Beach County, FL. He was the first white rapper to top the pop singles chart with Ice Ice Baby. He won several American Music Awards and the People’s Choice Award.
Kelsey Scott is a two-time Emmy Nominated Actress. She is best known for her role as Anne Northup in the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave and as Rose, on How to Get Away with Murder. Her credits also include Insecure, NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy, True Detective and Army Wives. She was an SSOF College Feature/Short winner in 2000 from Florida State University.
Chris Ryan from Jupiter, FL (born and raised) is a filmmaker and a graduate of the Digital Domain Institute. He moved to Los Angeles and worked for Dreamworks Animation, Lionsgate, and Netflix where he eventually landed a job with Jordan Peele. Since than, he has started his own South Florida production company, Deft Touch Productions.
Alicia Haywood is founder of The iSpeakMedia Foundation and an award-winning producer who has been working in the professional media industry for 27 years. Her credits include: iHeartMedia, How Stuff Works, Fusion TV, Microsoft’s AltspaceVR, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah Radio, Onion Studios, AOL/TechCrunch, ABC Radio Networks, The Style Network, The History Channel, LiveNation, Intel, and SiriusXM.
Adam Howard is an accomplished visual magician, supervising and creating high end visual effects, animation and design work for the motion picture and television industry in both the USA and Australia. Adam has won 4 Primetime EMMY Awards and been nominated 9 times. His credits include Armageddon, Rush Hour 3, The Social Network, Unknown, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn I & II, Tower Heist, Last Vegas and Birdman.
Mike Kennedy is the star of Discovery Channel's Airplane Repo. He has spent his life as an aviator, skydiver, motorcycle racer, movie stuntman, zoologist, and avid conservationist. Currently, Mike is using his aviation skills in Africa to fight poachers and help save elephants and rhinos from extinction.
Suzanne Niedland is an award-winning filmmaker, actor, and Broadway producer. Ms. Niedland serves on boards of The Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission, The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, The International Committee for the Performing Arts, and The President’s Advisory Council at The Kennedy Center as well as DeVos Institute for Arts Management.
Jane Rumbaua is an award-winning director and photographer. She is also a SAG-AFTRA Asian American actress local to South Florida. Her credits include The Falcon and The Winter Soldier on (Marvel/ Disney +), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO), Chateau Vato ( HBO), MacGyver (CBS) and Star Crossed (CW Network).
Michael Orland spent 16 seasons as pianist, arranger, vocal coach and associate musical director on American Idol. His work on this epic talent series led to collaborations with Kristen Bell, Sabrina Carpenter, Kristin Chenoweth, Jordan Fisher, Ariana Grande, Megan Hilty, and Patti LuPone.
Ryan Shore is a two-time Emmy Award and Grammy Award nominated composer, songwriter, music director, and conductor for film, television, virtual reality, games, records, concerts, events, and theater. He Assistant Music Directed The 87th Oscars, working with Lady Gaga, John Legend, Adam Levine and Jennifer Hudson. Other credits include Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures (Lucasfilm), Star Wars: Forces of Destiny (Lucasfilm), The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo (HBO Max), Love, Guaranteed (Netflix), and the Lin-Manuel Miranda movie musical In The Heights.
And, in a continuing tribute to the legacy of film legend, Burt Reynolds, the SSOF will present to a Palm Beach County high school senior, The Burt Reynolds Scholarship Award, a $5,000 cash prize. Mr. Reynolds was a longtime supporter and frequent presenter at the SSOF Red Carpet Award Show.
Now in its twenty-seventh year, SSOF has awarded almost $2 million.
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 Niedland (Suzanne Niedland Documentary Scholarship), Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Inc. (Environmental PSA Award), Film Florida (Sara Fuller Scholarship), Michael Chasin (Nellie & Fred Chasin Screenwriting Award), and Ralphonso Gschwend (Poster Design Award).