The Palm Beach International Film Festival’s Student Showcase of Films

Student Showcase of Films - Palm Beach International Film FestivalOne of the best facets of the Palm Beach International Film Festival has been its dedication to incubating the next generation of filmmakers with the annual Student Showcase of Films. In collaboration with the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission, the Student Showcase culls the very best in films from high school, college and university students throughout Florida for the largest statewide student competition. More than $10,000 in cash and scholarships is awarded to winners in categories for best college and high school feature/short, commercial, documentary, music video, animation, screenwriting and movie poster design.

   This year, 256 entrants submitted work to be judged by 27 industry professionals from around the country. The winners were announced at Lynn University’s Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on March 14, screening the selections before more than 700 students, celebrities and industry professionals. The winning selections will also be screened in their entirety during the PBIFF in April.

   One of the standouts at this year’s Student Showcase of Films was the winner of Best Animation, the short film Brain Divided. Created by three filmmakers from Ringling College of Art and Design—Joon Soo Song, Joon Shik Song and Josiah Haworth—it takes the audience from the first date of an ordinary guy and a beautiful woman and into the man’s brain, where his brain cells battle it out to win over the beauty.

Brain Divided from Cartoon Brew on Vimeo.


The Palm Beach International Film Festivals 2014 Student Showcase of Films’ winners are as follows:

Feature/Short, College presented by Sheena Colette

  • 1st Place: Kyle Adams, Florida State University, Axiom
  • 2nd Place: Hyungik Lee, Florida State University, Banana Trip
  • 3rd Place: Curtis Adair, Florida State University, Little Africa

Feature/Short, High School presented by David Henrie

  • 1st Place: Trevor Viner, Calvary Christian, The End of the Beginning
  • 2nd Place: Julie Bergman, Spanish River High School, Bright Eyes
  • 3rd Place: Rachel Andelman, Shorecrest High School, The Zipper

Audience Award ($500)

  • Daniela Arguello, Cypress Bay High School, Reverie

Burt Reynolds Scholarship Winner ($2,500)

  • Raymond Knudsen, G-Star School of the Arts

Sara Fuller Scholarship Winner ($500)

  • Ben Beeler, G-Star School of the Arts


SSOF’s competition winners in other categories include:


  • Daniela Arguello, Cypress Bay High School, Disconnected


  • Jon Sams, Florida State University, The Surreal and the Self

Music Video

  • Julia Carlin, Palm Beach Central High School, Delirium


  • Joon Soo Song, Joon Shik Song and Josiah Haworth, Ringling, Brain Divided

Nellie and Fred Chasin Screenwriting

  • Frank Canas, Seminole Ridge High School, The Right Thing


  • Liana Rodriguez, South Tech Academy

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