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WINNERS OF THE 29th ANNUAL STUDENT SHOWCASE OF FILMS ANNOUNCED

April 26, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Saluting Florida's Future Filmmakers

 

WINNERS OF THE 29th ANNUAL STUDENT SHOWCASE OF FILMS ANNOUNCED

G-Star student Karla Caviedes wins coveted Burt Reynolds Scholarship

Palm Beach Gardens student Natalie Rodriguez goes home a two-time winner

Educator Lauryn Eisenstein of G-Star honored with inaugural Teacher of the Year Award

 

JUPITER, FL (April 26, 2024) - The 29th Annual Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films (SSOF), Florida’s largest student film competition and award show, proudly announces this year’s class of winners. The energy in the air was electric, coinciding with this year’s theme of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Maltz Jupiter Theatre set the stage for the event, where guests arrived in style and walked the red carpet alongside Spot the Robot to a specially curated AI playlist.

Before entering the theater, attendees had the opportunity to take photos in front of an interactive AI LED Wall adorned with cutting-edge graphic design elements, created by TUCAN Agency. Dancers from Digital Vibez, a youth non-profit organization based in Palm Beach County with the mission of empowering underserved communities through dance fitness, technology, and the arts, also entertained showgoers, alongside more robotic characters. 

Frank Licari, Emmy-nominated host and award-winning entertainer, producer, writer, musician, actor, and star of South Florida PBSOn the Town in The Palm Beaches with Frank Licari hosted the live show, leading with comedic digital humor and an entertaining opening film and musical number. Celebrity presenters included hip-hop artist, actor, and television host, Vanilla Ice; local actor, writer, and director Jevon White, and news anchor Matt Lincoln from WPEC CBS 12.

Kitty Lundan, star of What’s Poppin, PBC? awed the crowd with a surprise flash mob dance performance before presenting the awards for High School Feature/Short.  A special video message was also shared from Access Hollywood’s Mario Lopez.  Palm Beach County Commissioner Gregg Weiss, who leads the Artificial Intelligence Exploratory Committee for the National Association of Counties, shared his insights on the power of AI.

The finalists, along with their families, friends, teachers, cast, and crew were celebrated in front of a live, standing room only audience of over 700 people at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. The audience experienced firsthand the outstanding level of talent found in Florida’s high schools and colleges.  More than $28,000 in scholarship money and prizes, and customized signature trophies, were awarded.

An emotional highlight of the morning was the presentation of the Burt Reynolds Scholarship, named after the late actor and industry mentor who originally founded the showcase venue in 1978 as an iconic dinner theater. Karla Caviedes, of G-Star School of the Arts, moved the SSOF Scholarship Committee with her ability to share her world through the lens of a camera.  Her talented technique for intertwining her diverse life influences into her films won her the coveted scholarship. 

Palm Beach Gardens High School student, Natalie Rodriguez, went home a two-time winner.  Her scholarship-winning film reel portrayed a positive, inclusive message and her spotlight on the beauty of The Palm Beaches earned her the Tourism PSA Award.  Additionally, as nominated and voted on by the students, Lauryn Eisenstein of G-Star School of the Arts was honored with the inaugural Teacher of the Year Award.

The winners of the 29th Annual Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films are:

Burt Reynolds Scholarships

  • Burt Reynolds Scholarship ($5,000) – Karla Caviedes, G-Star High School of the Arts (Palm Springs)
  • Sara Fuller Scholarship ($1,000) – Jasmyn Eiler, Seminole Ridge Community High School (Westlake) Sponsored by: Film Florida
  • Mel Maron Scholarship ($1,000) – Riley Phillips, Seminole Ridge Community High School (Westlake)
  • Gray Family Scholarship ($1,000) - Noah Lambert, G-Star High School of the Arts (Palm Springs)
  • B. Carleton Bryant Scholarship ($1,000) – Natalie Rodriguez, Palm Beach Gardens High School (Palm Beach Gardens)

College Feature/Short Awards

  • 1st Place ($2,000) – Luigi Bencosme, University of Florida (Gainesville), Sweet Nothing
  • 2nd Place ($1,500) – Wilderley Mauricette, Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota), Spare Me
  • 3rd Place ($1,250) – Julie Peley, University of Miami (Coral Gables), After Mountains

High School Feature/Short Awards

  • 1st Place ($1,500) – Luciano Alzate, Coral Glades High School (Coral Springs), Asphyxia
  • 2nd Place ($1,000) – Bibiana Eichenberg Pinto, Gulliver Preparatory (Miami), Märchen
  • 3rd Place ($750) – Lucas David Gonzalez, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland), Remedy

Suzanne Niedland Documentary Award ($2,000)

  • Zoe Heafner, University of Central Florida (Orlando), Fishtail: The Last Best Place

Vanilla Ice Music Video Award ($1,000)

  • Maria Kukharchuk, Gulf Coast High School (Naples) - BANNED GOODS

Animation Award ($3,000)

Sponsored by:  Five Peaks Animation

  • Carolina Rapp, University of Central Florida (Orlando), Superstitious

Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful Environmental PSA Award ($1,000)

  • Drew Van Dam, Cypress Bay High School (Weston) - Trashy Choices

Commercial PSA Award ($1,000)

  • Charlotte Mills, G-Star School of the Arts (Palm Springs) - Burning of Our Future

Nellie & Fred Chasin Screenwriting Award ($650)

  • Capri Wayne, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (West Palm Beach) - Mind

Poster Design Award ($1,000)

Sponsored by:  Laurence Gartel

  • Sendi Perez Matias, SouthTech Academy (Boynton Beach), Floral Sunset

Palm Beach County Tourism PSA Award ($1,000)

Sponsored by:  Discover The Palm Beaches

  • Natalie Rodriguez, Palm Beach Gardens High School (Palm Beach Gardens), The Perfect Vacation: The Palm Beaches

Teacher Appreciation Honorees

  • Ancil DeLuz, W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (West Palm Beach)
  • Frank Eberling, Palm Beach Gardens High School (Palm Beach Gardens) & Palm Beach State College (Lake Worth)
  • Ed Gigante, Palm Beach Gardens High School (Palm Beach Gardens) & Connecticut School of Broadcasting (North Palm Beach)
  • Wilson Plumb, William T. Dwyer High School (Palm Beach Gardens), Pahokee Middle-Senior High School (Pahokee), & G-Star School of Arts (Palm Springs)
  • Susan Tieche, Bak School of the Arts (West Palm Beach), A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (West Palm Beach), & G-Star School of the Arts (Palm Springs)
  • Cathy Yonkers, Palm Beach Gardens High School (Palm Beach Gardens)

Teacher of the Year Award

  • Lauryn Eisenstein, G-Star School of the Arts (Palm Springs)

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!  The submission window for the 30th Annual Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films opens in October 2024. Stay tuned for updates and read more details at: pbfilm.com/SSOF

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Facebook:    facebook.com/StudentShowcaseofFilms

Twitter:        twitter.com/StudentFilmsFL

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About The Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films

The SSOF is the foundation of the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission’s education outreach initiative. The competition continues to be a legacy-building community event and provides an extraordinary opportunity for Florida students as they begin their journey of becoming future industry professionals.

The SSOF is funded by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners through the Department of Housing & Economic Development. Major sponsors include the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council, and Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission. To date, the SSOF has awarded over $4.5 million dollars toward the program in cash, prizes, scholarships, equipment, and in-kind services during its lifetime. For a full list of judges, including biographies and headshots, visit: pbfilm.com/SSOFjudges.