• 11/01/17

SAVANNAH, Georgia (November 1, 2017) – The Savannah-based Student Story Space today announced the middle and high school winners of the 2017 film contest.

The short film “Case #91103” directed by Savannah Arts Academy’s Malik Wood won the high school division. “Stereo-A-Typical,” by STEM Academy at Bartlett’s Ian Breen won the middle school division. Both students received awards of $500 from Savannah Mitsubishi, the Exclusive Vehicle Partner of SCAD’s Savannah Film Festival and sponsor.

A special Jury Award went to “They Said, But.” a short produced by students at Raw Art Work’s Real to Reel Film School in Lynn, Massachusetts under the direction of Rachel St. Pierre, a 2008 graduate of SCAD’s Film and Television program.

“Now in our second year, we were so impressed with this year’s group of submissions, which came from all over the country and world with local submissions more than doubling from last year,” Student Story Space Founder and CEO K.G. Elliott said. “We are grateful to SCAD and Savannah Mitsubishi for supporting us in our work promoting the importance and value of filmmaking not only as a way for children to express themselves but to also help deepen the growing filmmaking ecosystem in Savannah and beyond.”

Finalists were announced last week and shown live today at the Trustees Theater. Students were given the prompt: “That’s Why I Know It’s True” and encouraged to explore the theme in creative ways, across disciplines and in under two minutes. Judges were looking for compelling expressions of thought and complete stories.

“Digital storytelling is a powerful and universal language that transcends boundaries, creates opportunities to link people and ideas for good, and should be taught in all schools,” Elliott said. “Digital storytelling and filmmaking give children a meaningful creative platform to demonstrate mastery and reinforce what we believe are the 7 essential 21st Century Success Skills – curiosity, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, communication, collaboration, community-building and compassion. Filmmaking provides many creative and STEM-type career options.”

2017 Finalists in the 13 and under category are:

  1. Attention by Jaylon Steele
  2. Create by Gabriel Peralta
  3. Stereo-A-Typical by Ian Breen ***2017 13 and Under Winner
  4. That’s HOW We Know It’s True by Leila Smith and Anna Schumacher
  5. True or False by Isaiah Campbell

2017 Finalists in the 14 and up category are:

  1. Case #91103 by Malik Wood ***2017 14+ Winner
  2. They Said, But by Rachel St. Pierre ***2017 Jury Award Winner
  3. Truth=Rules by Neel Patel
  4. White Lies by Jermaine Bonaparte

Semi-Finalists in the 13 and under category are:

  1. Death Baby by August Messner and Brian Lawver
  2. Doubt by Nora Hamilton
  3. If I Could Go Back by Janie Alexander
  4. That’s Why I Know It’s True by Angel Tran
  5. The Same by Emma Durkin

Semi-Finalists in the 14 and older category are:

  1. Broken Ballerina by Hollingsworth Shelton
  2. Drug Addiction by Spencer Marrero
  3. Earth’s Truth by Sydney Shellhorn
  4. Honesty by Kiara Howell
  5. Odaris by Creed Mixon
  6. Perception by Cole Kitchens
  7. The Math Problem by Bryce LeCates
  8. Truth in Question by Elias Clements
  9. The Whole Story submitted by Jennifer Carter for the Windsor Forest High School’s IB Film Class Y2

The Student Story Space is a public benefit corporation created to support digital storytelling and filmmaking initiatives in Savannah and elsewhere. More information about the film contest may be found at STUDENTSUPERSHORTS.COM

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