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Oct. 26 - 2017 Student Super Short Film Finalists Announced

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

October 26, 2017 - The Savannah-based Student Story Space recently announced middle and high school finalists and semi-finalists for the 2017 film contest.

Finalists in each category will be shown live at the Trustees Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. Top short films in each category will receive $500 from Savannah Mitsubishi, the Exclusive Vehicle Partner of SCAD’s Savannah Film Festival and sponsor of

“We are so grateful to SCAD and Savannah Mitsubishi for supporting our efforts to grow young filmmakers and help support the independent filmmaking community in Savannah,” [S]3 Founder and CEO K.G. 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 is also fun and a legitimate career option!” 

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.

“Art and storytelling can be described as an exploration of boundaries,” Elliott said. “We embrace the notion attributed to Orson Welles that ‘the enemy of art is the absence of limitations’ and see Student Super Shorts as a way for students to practice setting goals, meeting deadlines and self-discipline, which leads to success.”

Elliott said that local submissions more than doubled from last year’s inaugural contest. Submissions were received from students throughout the country and the world – the bulk of which came from Savannah Chatham County public school students.

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
4. That’s HOW We Know It’s True by Leila Smith
5. True or False by Isaiah Campbell

2017 Finalists in the 14 and up category are:
1. Case #91103 by Malik Wood
2. They Said, But by Rachel St. Pierre
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
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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