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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


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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