Australian, Israeli, and American Take Awards in 3rd Annual International Student Film Festival
by Jessica Shulsinger
The 1997 International Student Film Festival, conceived by New York
University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1994, was held this year in
Florence, Italy, from October 25-31. Top awards of cash and an equal amount
of in-kind services from festival sponsors like Eastman Kodak and
Radiotelevisone Italiana, were announced last week. They are: First place
($3,000) to "Acquiring A Taste For Rafaella" by Sandra Lepore, Australian
Film, Television & Radio School; Second place ($2,000) to "Mishmeret Shniya" (Second Watch) by Udi Ben-Arie, Film & Television Department at Tel Aviv
University, Israel; and Third place ($1,000) to "Around The Time" by Phil
Bertelsen, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
The Student's Choice Award, a new category for 1997, went to Yuji Komiya of
the Japan Academy of Moving Images (Nihon Eiga Gakko) for the film "Titinaki Jidai" (Fatherless).
The NYU International Student Film Festival is the only American-sponsored
festival of its kind. This year the line-up included more than 70 films
from 35 film schools and 28 countries. The screenings took place at La La
Pietra, an estate donated to NYU in 1994, located just outside Florence.
The festival was founded in 1994 by NYU film school faculty, with the
purpose of "exposing NYU film students to international work." The first
two festivals were held in the U.S., with jury panel of just NYU faculty.
The 1995 festival involved 60 films, and represented just over 20 schools.
(There was no festival in 1996.) The 1997 festival featured the first
international panel of judges, a mixture of film professors, critics, and
directors from Europe and Africa, among other countries.