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First Annual International Student Film Festival Hollywood to take place Sep. 3 - 7 in North Hollywood

International Student Film Festival Hollywood closes with special screening of critically acclaimed feature "American Gun"

International Student FIlm Festival Hollywood

1ST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL HOLLYWOOD TO TAKE PLACE SEPT. 3 – 7 IN NORTH HOLLYWOOD

Festival Accepting Submissions Through July 1

North Hollywood, CA – The 1st Annual International Student Film Festival Hollywood has been created to provide student filmmakers from the most prestigious academic institutions across the globe a unique opportunity to showcase their work before entertainment industry decision makers while competing for scholarships and monetary prizes.  The festival is currently accepting submissions from graduate, undergraduate and high school students through July 1, 2003.

Taking place Sept. 3-7, 2003 in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood, the festival will kick off with an opening night gala at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences prestigious Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.  Screenings and panel discussions will take place at the historic El Portal Theatre.

The festival was founded by entertainment industry veteran Robin Saban, whose years of work in film and theater inspired him to establish this international film festival solely geared to students.  Passionate about the opportunity to offer student filmmakers well- deserved recognition for their talents, Mr. Saban has reached out to the deans, principals, film professors and students at over 400 universities and high schools worldwide to generate awareness and excitement for the festival.  He has already received submissions from countries such as Australia, Denmark, Iceland, Russia, the U.K. and Uruguay.

Submission categories include:

  • Feature-length Films or Videos (60 minutes and above)
  • Short Films or Videos (1 minute to 45 minutes)
  • Documentary Films or Videos
  • Animation
  • Music Videos

Awards for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Screen Play will be given in each of the five categories, a well as overall awards for Best Feature, Best Short, Best Documentary, Best Animation and Best Music Video.  A jury of professional directors, producers, actors, distributors, agents, film critics and professors will judge all competing films.  The jury will be carefully selected by the Board of Directors to ensure impartial results. 

For more information on the festival, sponsorship opportunities and to download entry forms please visit www.hisfilmfestival.org. Submission will only be accepted in VHS format and should be sent to:

International Student Film Festival Hollywood
5259 Lankershim Blvd. Suite A
North Hollywood, CA 91601, USA

There is a $35 entry fee for each film submitted.


SUBMISSIONS CONTACT:
PRESS/SPONSORSHIP CONTACT:

International Student Film Festival Hollywood
5259 Lankershim Blvd. Suite A
North Hollywood, CA 91601, USA
info@isffhollywood.org

Robin Saban
President/Founder
International Student Film Festival Hollywood
5259 Lankershim Blvd. Suite A
North Hollywood, CA 91601, USA
info@isffhollywood.org



International Student Film Festival Hollywood

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL HOLLYWOOD CLOSES WITH SPECIAL SCREENING OF CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FEATURE
‘AMERICAN GUN’

Honors Awarded to Student Filmmakers From Around the World in 14 Categories

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Sept. 8, 2003 – After five days filled with 120 student film screenings, as well as numerous presentations and events, the First Annual International Student Film Festival Hollywood drew to a close on Sunday, Sept. 7 with an awards ceremony in which 14 student filmmakers from schools around the world were given honors for their films. The event took place at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood and was followed by a special screening of writer/director Alan Jacobs’ critically acclaimed, soon to be released drama “American Gun.”

The winners in each category include:

  • Best Screenplay
    Lorin B. Coleman from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA for
    "Faith"
  • Best Director
    Tanya Mairitsch from the American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA for "Fueling The Fire" (see also Best Short)
  • Best Cinematography
    Michael Greenspan from American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA for "The Legend of Razorback"
  • Best Editing
    Christopher N. Rowley from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA for "The Remembering Movies"
  • Best Performance
    Aura Vence from Chapman University, Orange, CA for "Silence"
  • Best Feature
    John Fitzpatrick from Cal State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA for
    "Mercy"
  • Best Short
    Tanya Mairitsch from the American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA for "Fueling The Fire"
  • Best Documentary
    Dan Katzir from Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel for "Out For Love, Me Back Later"
  • Best Drama
    Ellen-Alinda Verhoeff from Columbia University, New York, NY for "Abbie Down East"
  • Best Foreign Language Film
    Anne-Marie Harms from Mamatiska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden for "K-G I Nod Och Lust"
  • Best Comedy
    Ezra Krybus from York University, Toronto, Ont., Canada for "The School"
  • Best Horror / Thriller
    Maximiliano Contenti from Escuelade cine del Uruguay for "Fear"
  • Best Animation
    David Derrick from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA for "Cretaceous Christmas"
  • Best Music Video
    Drewin Young from University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA for "Express Lane"
  • Best Film Submitted by a High School Student
    Floyd Russ from Culver City High School, Academy of Visual & Performing Arts, Culver City, CA for "And So It Goes"

The Festival also presented student filmmaker Jethro-Rothe Kushel from Dartmouth College the Humanitarian Award for his film "Pharaohs Streets." In addition, The Entertainment Experience, a new acting and digital film school for young adults founded by Producer/Director Joey Travolta with partners Blue Rider Pictures and the Celluloid Heroes, presented a scholarship for their program to high school students Richard Chance and Scott Putnam from Grant High School in Los Angeles for their PSA “Up in Smoke.” Renowned vocal coach David Coury also presented three “New Voice” scholarships to two students from Grant High School – Shayna Fox for her film "On Growing Older" and Chris Mallory for "Checkmate," as well as to Culver City High School student Floyd Russ for “And So It Goes."

The Festival received 300 submissions from both high school and college students worldwide, including such countries as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cypress, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Sweden, UK, U.S. and Uruguay. A five-person panel of preliminary judges from the entertainment community pre-screened the 300 submissions and chose 120 official selections. Eight blue-ribbon judges determined the winners in each category. The judges included:

Patrice Courtaban -- COO, TV5, USA; Jerry Jaskulski, line producer of America’s Funniest Home Videos series and specials for ABC; Julie Janata -- feature editor, whose credit’s include Mayor of the Sunset Strip, Dreamland, The Ghost and The Darkness, Heat, French Kiss; Brendan Shanahan -- Feature Film Development, Wolf Films; Brian Goldberg, technical director, Digital Domain; Gene Braunstein, documentary writer/producer, Passport Productions; Kevin McKenna, founder of IDEAS - Investigative Documentaries Educating American Society; David Coury, renowned vocal coach.

The First Annual International Student Film Festival Hollywood opened on Sept. 3 at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a special tribute honoring the late James Coburn. Critically acclaimed filmmaker George Hickenlooper (Mayor of the Sunset Strip), who directed Coburn in “The Man From Elysian Fields,” spoke about the actor during the event and The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. presented the very first EDGE (Entertainment Depiction of Gun Education) Award to the family of James Coburn, as well as to writer/director Alan Jacobs for the soon-to-be-released “American Gun,” Coburn’s last film in which he plays a father who embarks on a nationwide journey to trace the line of ownership of the gun that killed his daughter. A screening of “The Man From Elysian Fields,” rounded out the evening.

Created by veteran film editor Robin Saban, the International Student Film Festival Hollywood is giving student filmmakers from around the world a unique new opportunity to showcase their work in Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world. Mr. Saban’s years of work in entertainment inspired him to create an outlet for promising student filmmakers. Mr. Saban reached out to the deans, principals, film professors, and students at more than 400 universities and high schools worldwide to generate awareness and excitement for the festival.

The International Student Film Festival Hollywood’s Platinum Sponsors included CRA/LA, Unique Image, Valley of the Stars Film Society; Media Sponsors: Clear Channel Communications, A&E Network, The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, Hot 92 Jamz Session, Los Angeles Confidential magazine; Event sponsors: The Gas Company, Hollyword, Massage Pros, Color Me Mine, Inc., Girard, Aidells Sausage Company, Arli’s Catering, gwaite Photography, Nir Zilberman of Aveda Kriza, SiBeau Custom Taylor and Southern California Real Estate Services.

For additional information on the International Student Film Festival Hollywood please visit the website at www.isffhollywood.org.

 
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