Future Spielbergs and Scorceses will be competing for top honors May 13th at the 2016 Calabasas High School Student Film Festival. The 12th annual event will take place for the first time at Calabasas High’s Performing Arts Education Center.
“Our show is essentially a mini Oscars,” said senior Daniel Glassman, Film Club president, festival nominee and past award recipient. “This will be my last festival which makes it really exciting.”
Each year, students submit their own film shorts–up to 15 minutes in length–in four genre categories: drama, experimental, comedy and alternative. This year, 25 films were submitted, which were then paired down to the eight that are in competition, according to Glassman. A panel of judges comprised of Calabasas High teachers and industry professionals review the final entries.
According to Margie Selke, the film club’s faculty advisor, several student winners have gone on to successful careers in the entertainment industry. “One of the first winners of Best Screenplay and Best Film-Drama-Erik Grossman-who was in both film & creative writing classes of mine, is now a writer on Vampire Diaries,” she said.
Awards are handed out at the beginning of the program, followed by screenings of the selected films. Along with a bake sale, 90 percent of the festival’s proceeds go to UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital.
Glassman’s film, Good One, will also be represented at this year’s Cannes Film Festival’s Short Corner. “It’s extremely rewarding to see your finished work up on the big screen,” he said.
The film festival begins at 7 p.m. and will be held on the CHS PAEC Main Stage. Click here to purchase tickets.