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L.A. Student Film Festival’s Finalist Announced – Event Happening this Saturday!

L.A. Student Film Festival's Finalist Announced - Event Happening this Saturday!

The next generation of talented filmmakers has grown up in a time in which cameras are more easily available than ever before. Their relationship to the moving image is incredibly interactive and natural. The YouTube generation shoots everything, edits, shares, and expresses its opinions on virtual global platforms. Therefore, it’s not surprising to see very young filmmakers creating works of great quality with the tools at their disposal, which are also rapidly becoming more and more professional while still affordable.

I had the great pleasure of watching numerous examples of this type of talent as a juror for the Fifth Annual Los Angeles Student Film Festival. After receiving nearly 200 submissions from Los Angeles County high school students, the jury, which also included Sasheen Artis, Jesse Atlas, Christopher Coppola, Armen Harootun, Jeffrey David Harvey, Larry Laboe, Patricia Richardson, Tatiana Grace Simonian
and Anahid Yahjian, selected 37 short films that will be screened on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the beautiful El Portal Theatre in the NoHo Arts District.

The show begins
at 6:30 p.m. and is preceded by an exciting career fair that starts at 5:00 p.m. Come early to meeting industry professionals, take photos on the exclusive
red carpet, and enjoy free food and entertainment!
Festival tickets are now available for purchase by clicking here.This year, tickets
will be offered for a modest fee of $2.50 to offset event costs.

Here are the finalists in each of the 8 different categories, some of the schools that feature more prominently include Burbank High School, Providence High School, Van Nuys High School, El Camino Real Charter High School, and Harvard-Westlake School.


24 Karat
By Shannon Hoang, Ariana Hernandez, Kristen Broderick and Kayla Hebert
Burbank High School

By Kendra Sazon
Burbank High School

Destiny Key
By Evelyna Nazari
Burbank High School

The Slug Apocalypse
By Alex Garza
North Hollywood High School

Life is Your Dream
By Sandra Elhachem,
Kirsten Stoner, and Jennifer Minasyan
Burbank High School

Stitch Garden
By Ahdenae Khodaverdian and Elaine Morales
Burbank High School

“Toy Tank
By Sabrinna
Burbank High School


Lady Kaller
By Milo Borsuk
Wildwood Forsythe

“Spooky Business
By Tino Dimperio and J.C. Castro
Providence High School

Triforce of Desire
By Lauralee Harper, Brad Pickens, Isaac Sage, and Zara Schuster
Harvard-Westlake School


By Robert Lugo

John Muir High School

The Hike
By Cristian De Jesus and Vicente Tirado
Van Nuys High School

By Saidakhon Abdullaeva
Van Nuys High School


By Olga Herrera
Van Nuys High School


A Sockumentary
By Riley Beres
Port of Los Angeles

Children of the Genocide
By Nina Milligan

Harvard-Westlake School

Cut the Tall Trees: The Killing Power of Words
By Noah Bennett and Max Cho
Harvard-Westlake School


By Juli Freedman, Becca Frischling, Jess Grody, and Karenina Juarez
Harvard-Westlake School

Go Make a Difference!
By Isaiah Ferguson
High School

Trauma You Don’t See
By Phillip Ahn, Erin Lee, Su Jin Nam. Sean On, and Will Park
Harvard-Westlake School

What’s in Your Food?
Providence High

The Monster Within
By Angela Soyean Chon, George Khabbaz, Dora Schoenberg, and Jordan Seibel
Harvard-Westlake School


By Ben Tan and Luka
El Camino Real Charter High School

By Rory McClellan
El Camino Real Charter High School

“The Crickets Have Arthritis
By Shane Koyczan

Providence High School


An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
By Javier Arango
Harvard-Westlake School

By Ricki Herrera
John F. Kennedy
Filmmaking Magnet

By Katie Speare
Harvard-Westlake School

By Efren Lopez
John F. Kennedy Filmmaking Magnet

The First Responder
By Chris
Taft Charter High School


CA Horror Stories
By Eduardo Encina, Dennise Mojica, Sylvia Balcaceres, and Anika Kokatay
Van Nuys High School

Night Report

By Keaton Applebaum
CHAMPS Charter High School

By Noah Kentis
El Camino Real Charter High School


Human After All
Providence High School

I Care
Providence High School

Life Developments
Providence High School

Street Photography
By Nickon Mirsepassi and Alberto Kersh

Santa Monica High School

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