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

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. , November. 8, 2004 – After six days filled with 135 student film screenings, as well as numerous presentations and events, the Second Annual International Student Film Festival Hollywood drew to a close on Saturday, November 6, 2004. The historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood was the site for the weeklong events.

Opening night ceremonies honored, JENNIFER LYNCH, multi-talented writer,

director and actor, with the “YOUNG DIRECTORS AWARD”.

Her next film “SURVEILLANCE” will be released in 2005 (Written by Jennifer Lynch & Kent Harper).
The festivities ended with an awards ceremony in which 22 student filmmakers from schools around the world were given honors for their films. The winners in each category include:

ISFFH - Winners of 2004

  • Best Short “ Screenplay, Director”
    Nancy Stein from Los Angeles Film School Los Angeles, CA for “Stealing Innocence
  • Best Cinematography
    Erika Grediaga from American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA for “Anima
  • Best Children Drama
    Jeff Stephenson from American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA for “Chasing Daylight”
  • Best Children Fantasy Story
    Kevin Shahinian from University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA for “Carter’s Wish”
  • Best Documentary
    Brenda Brkusic from Chapman University. Orange, CA for “Freedom from Despair”
  • Best Docudrama
    Jay Stone from Chapman University. Orange, CA for “ Massacre at Shelton Laurel”
  • Best Family Drama
    Stacey Kattman from Chapman University. Orange, CA for “Change of Heart”
  • Best Drama
    Nicole Markel from Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA for “Swollen Shadows”
  • Best Comedy
    Gretchen von Tongeln from Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA for “Madeleine McDowell”
  • Best Foreign Film
    Ali Ihtiyar
    from Marmara University Istanbul, Turkey for “Window-Pencere”
  • Best Foreign Language Family Drama
    Felipe Andres Joya Zarate
    from Escuela de Cine y TV Univ. Nacional de Columbia for “Family Business”
  • Best Foreign Language Drama
    Daniel Wallentine from Mamatiska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden for “Revisited-Kom Tillbaka”
  • Best Humanitarian Award
    Joanie Spina
    from CCSN Media Tech. Dpt. Las Vegas, Nevada for “Born to Die”
  • Best Animation
    Alexander Woo
    from New York University New York, NY for “Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher”
  • Best High School Film
    Micah Levin
    from Crossroads School Santa Monica, CA for “Acquired”
  • Best High School Directing
    Dan Williams
    from Santa Monica High School St. Monica, CA for “Hitch”
  • Best Creative Team High School Film
    San Francisco Art&Film Students
    from San Francisco, CA for “Post Cards From Paris”
  • Best High School Drama
    Dimitriy Steinbuchel
    , Alexander Frolovfrom Claremont High School Claremont, CA for “Turns”
  • Best High School Family Drama
    Matthew Jones
    from South Bay Lutheran High School Inglewood, CA for “Separating Affect”
  • Best High School Comedy
    Alexander Winn
    from Highland Park High School Dallas, TX for “Baggage Claim”
  • Best Junior High School
    Noah Luke from Carpenter Avenue Elementary, Studio City, CA for “A Letter to Abigail”
  • Best Junior High School Documentary
    Taylor Leach, Peter Becich
    from Newcomb Academy Long Beach, CA for “Totally Board”

The Festival received more than 250+ submissions from high school, colleges, universities and private film school students worldwide, including such countries as Australia, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, UK, Iceland, Singapore and U.S.

During the weeklong programs, guests included, the well-known actors John Savage and Beverly Garland, our major sponsors, CRA/LA and J.H. Synder Development Corporation, benefactors and community leaders from North Hollywood along with more than 2500 attendees.

The International Student Film FestivalHollywood is giving student filmmakers from around the world a unique new opportunity to showcase their work in Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world. Veteran film editor Robin Saban, whose years of work in entertainment inspired him to create an outlet for promising student filmmakers, created the Festival . Mr. Saban has reached out to the deans, principals, film professors, and students at more than 1000 universities and high schools worldwide to generate awareness and excitement for the festival.

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