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
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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