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THE CALABASAS FILM FESTIVAL HONORS

Local Student Filmmakers By Lori Berezin Photography by Zac VWasserman Steven Spielberg made his first full-length independent

And following the awards ceremony, attendees were

film when he was just 16 years old and produced his first

treated to a catered reception hosted by Bristol Farms.

professional short while still in college. A panel of industry professionals chose 15 films created by local high

This year’s 15 film finalists include: Graduates, Motive,

school students to be screened during the Calabasas

Breaking Down Barriers, Underwater, and Tomorrow

Film Festival’s Student Day this past September. Dedi-

(Chaminade); The Pitch Room, Let Them Eat Cake,

cated to honoring the future of the industry, this special

Starfish, and Sweet Escape (Viewpoint); Smile You’re

day was focused solely on providing a platform to em-

On Camera, Enduring Love, Let’s Be Honest, and Circle

power young filmmakers.

(El Camino); Inner Thoughts (Calabasas High); and Unplugged (Oaks Christian).

More than 150 high school students from Calabasas and the

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surrounding communities submitted films in five categories.

The following five films received Outstanding Achievement

This year, the New York Film Academy joined the festival

awards: Let’s Be Honest for the entire ensemble; Enduring

as Presenting Sponsor. Winning students were awarded

Love for editor Christian Morgan; Sweet Escape for writers

prizes worth over $20,000. In addition, the winner of Best

Donovan Robertson and Nathan Alexander; Inner Thoughts

Film received a one-week paid scholarship to attend The

for director Allyson Weissman; and Unplugged for Best Film.

New York Film Academy Youth Camp in Los Angeles. Prior

The movie’s director/editor/cinematographer David Sauce-

to the screenings, New York Film Academy instructor Bart

do and writer/actor Cameron Rossi accepted the award.

Mastronardi hosted an introductory camera workshop.

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