Frank Licari to host the live “Social Media” themed show!  Burt Reynolds and other SURPRISE celebrities to present awards!

Palm Beach County, FL (February 23, 2017) – The Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission – in collaboration with the Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF), announced the finalists for the 22nd Annual Student Showcase of Films. The winners will be declared on Friday, March 10th, before more than 700 students, celebrities, dignitaries and industry professionals at the electrifying Red Carpet Awards Show at Lynn University’s Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center in Boca Raton, FL.

Award winning actor, writer, producer, comedian and former Blue Man, Frank Licari will host the event.  Licari is the current host of Around The Corner in The Palm Beaches on South Florida PBS and has appeared in Network TV Shows such as Graceland, Nashville, Burn Notice, Bloodline and Law & Order as well as the feature films Walt Before Mickey (opposite Jon Heder), Papa (opposite Giovanni Ribisi), and the soon to be released American Made (opposite Tom Cruise). He’ll shine a humorous light on today’s obsession with social media. “I am ecstatic to be a part of the award show for my eleventh year,” said Licari, “You never know which of these students could be the next award-winning director.”

Legendary actor, Burt Reynolds will personally present the Burt Reynolds’s scholarship recipient his or her award at the 22nd Annual Student Showcase of Films awards show. Mr. Reynolds will be featured among other surprise celebrity presenters announced closer to show time.

Florida colleges and universities with film, television and digital media programs have been invited to exhibit in the lobby of the theatre. Representatives from Palm Beach Atlantic University, Full SailUniversity, Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, New York Film Academy (Miami) and Lynn University will be on hand to answer questions and handout materials. Students will have the opportunity before and after the show to talk with, and get information on these amazing programs.

Michelle Hillery, Palm Beach County’s Deputy Film Commissioner and Executive Producer of the Student Showcase of Films stated, “We are pleased, once again, to host an event celebrating the passion Florida students have for filmmaking, writing, graphic design and storytelling. We are honored that Mr. Reynolds, along with other fans of the festival, take the time to attend this event and personally connect with these talented young people.”

The placements of the winners for the Feature/Short category, as well as the Burt Reynolds and Sara Fuller scholarship winners, will be announced at the 22nd Annual Red Carpet Awards Show. The finalists are:

Burt Reynolds Scholarship Finalists (alphabetical order)
Cristian Aguiar, G-Star School of the Arts
Alexandra Barletta-Chacon, G-Star School of the Arts
Carsen Jessell, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Matthew Nadel, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Dale Peters, G-Star School of the Arts

Feature/Short, College Award Winners (alphabetical order)
Alexandrina Andre, Florida State University, Flora
Mary Jeanes, Florida State University, Exposure
Luis Mendez Jr, Florida State University, Pandemonium
Patrick Ramdial, Miami Dade College, Talk Therapy

Feature/Short, High School Award Winners (alphabetical order)
Maddie Glas, Blake High School, Safe Place
Tyler Nitti, Key West High School, The Lens
Lyndsie Zimmerman, Dixie Hollins High School, Salutatorian

SSOF’s competition winners in other categories include:

1st Place Animation Award Winner
Tarun Lakshminarayanan, Ringling College of Art and Design, Rupee Run

1st Place Commercial/PSA Award Winner
Arielle Dauch, Spanish River High School, American Eagle Outfitters

1st Place Documentary Award Winner
Erik Kallin, Florida State University, Soleil

1st Place Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful Environmental PSA Award Winner
Elizabeth Quintana, Wellington High School, Fight Trash

1st Place “Know Difference” Mental Health Awareness PSA Award Winner
Alexander Luttin, G-Star School of the Arts, Parting

1st Place Music Video Award Winner
Matthew Nadel, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Young and Dumb

1st Place Nellie & Fred Chasin Screenwriting Award Winner
Stephanie Cone, University of Miami, Pied Piper

1st Place Poster Design Award Winner
Lacei Sams, Nova Southeastern University, 2018 Poster Design

The top ten high school feature/shorts, as scored by the judges, are now competing for the Audience Award via Online Voting now through midnight on March 9th. The feature short with the most votes will receive the $500 Audience Award at the Student Showcase of Films. Voting is available by going to http://pbcgov.com/filmfestival/.  Entries for the audience award include (in alphabetical order by title):

  • Cycle, Caleb Wild, Ambassador Academy
  • How to Play Piano, Evan Scolnick, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High
  • Man Card, Jesse Veliz, Calvary Christian Academy
  • Safe Place, Maddie Glas and Briana Flouro, Blake High School
  • Salutatorion, Lyndsie Zimmerman, Dixie Hollins High School
  • Sudden Silence, Ruhi Mansey, American Heritage School
  • The Lens, Tyler Nitti, Key West High School
  • What No One Sees, MLE DeJaco, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
  • Without Warning, Connor Devore, Harrison School of the Arts
  • Words Unspoken, Julia LaCava, Nature Coast Technical High School

The 22nd Annual Student Showcase of Films will take place at the Keith C. & Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University on March 10, 2017, RED CARPET at 9:30am and SHOWTIME at 10:30am. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by March 3rd by emailing ccobb@pbfilm.com or calling 561.233.1000.

About the Student Showcase of Films

Over $12,000 will be given in scholarships and awards at the live award show. Each year, top industry professionals judge the submitted entries and competition finalists are honored at a sizzling live awards show for more than 700 attendees from around the state. Winning student films will also be screened in their entirety on the “big screen” at the students’ own premiere during PBIFF, March 29, 2017 – April 2, 2017.

For more information about the Student Showcase of Films please visit www.pbfilm.com, StudentShowcaseOfFilms (Facebook) or @StudentFilmsFL (Twitter). This program is funded by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, the Palm Beach County’s Department of Economic Sustainability, the PBIFF and the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission.  Major sponsors include:  Lynn University, Film Florida, Michael Chasin, Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Inc. and the Information Television Network.

About the Palm Beach International Film Festival (March 29, 2017 – April 2, 2017)

The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) has secured its place as one of America’s oldest film festival, now in its 22nd year, including a long history of representing the best in independent and foreign films from around the globe. The festival thrives in the true spirit of independent cinema. In 2016, the 21st festival, PBIFF hosted 121 films from 24 countries. Over 125 filmmakers, cast, and crew attended the festival from countries around the world, such as Australia, Canada, Israel, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela.  For more information about the 22nd PBIFF go to pbifilmfest.org.

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Enid Atwater
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