After five days filled with 120 student film screenings, as well as numerous presentations and events, the First Annual International Student Film Festival Hollywood drew to a close on Sunday, Sept. 7 with an awards ceremony in which 14 student filmmakers from schools around the world were given honors for their films. The event took place at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood and was followed by a special screening of writer/director Alan Jacobs’ critically acclaimed, soon to be released drama American Gun.
The winners in each category are:
Best Screenplay ^ Lorin B. Coleman from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA for “Faith”
Best Director ^ Tanya Mairitsch from the American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA for “Fueling The Fire”
Best Cinematography ^ Michael Greenspan from American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA for “The Legend of Razorback”
Best Editing ^ Christopher N. Rowley from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA for The Remembering Movies
Best Performance ^ Aura Vence from Chapman University, Orange, CA for “Silence”
Best Feature ^ John Fitzpatrick from Cal State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA for “Mercy”
Best Short ^ Tanya Mairitsch from the American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA for “Fueling The Fire”
Best Documentary ^ Dan Katzir from Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel for “Out For Love, Me Back Later”
Best Drama ^ Ellen-Alinda Verhoeff from Columbia University, New York, NY for “Abbie Down East”
Best Foreign Language Film ^ Anne-Marie Harms from Mamatiska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden for “K-G I Nod Och Lust”
Best Comedy ^ Ezra Krybus from York University, Toronto, Ont., Canada for “The School”
Best Horror / Thriller ^ Maximiliano Contenti from Escuelade cine del Uruguay for “Fear”
Best Animation ^ David Derrick from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA for “Cretaceous Christmas”
Best Music Video ^ Drewin Young from University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA for “Express Lane”
Best Film Submitted by a High School Student ^ Floyd Russ from Culver City High School, Academy of Visual & Performing Arts, Culver City, CA for “And So It Goes”
For more information, visit the International Student Film Festival Hollywood website.

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