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FSU Film School Dominates National Competition:
Five Videos Win Television's Most Coveted Student Awards
Courtesy of Florida State University
Students from Florida State University's School of Motion Picture, Television
and Recording Arts are basking
in the familiar glow of yet another round of major accolades. These
honors, however, will catapult the "Film School" into the industry's
For the first time in the history of the Academy of
Television Arts and Sciences a total of five videos from a single
school FSU have been selected to receive the Academy's most
prestigious national student honors. The annual ATAS "College
Television Awards" was presented at a gala ceremony on March 28
at the Academy Theatre in Hollywood.
"So many wins would be almost embarrassing if they weren't so
richly deserved by our talented and well-trained student filmmakers,"
said Frank Patterson, dean of the FSU Film School. "This makes 13 top
awards from the Academy in 13 consecutive years."
Producers of the winning films which competed against
entries from scores of other colleges and universities enjoyed
an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles to attend both the awards
gala and the subsequent College Television Awards Festival, during
which first-place winners' videos were publicly screened. The Academy
Foundation provided cash prizes to award recipients, while Eastman
Kodak furnished additional product grants and invited winners to
participate in their Emerging Filmmakers Program at the Cannes Film
Festival. Winners will be mentored by television professionals while
enjoying the opportunity to showcase their work to industry notables
and a national cross section of film students and faculty.
The following FSU graduate and undergraduate producers traveled to Los Angeles
to collect their top ATAS prizes.
While the film producers are specifically selected to receive public
recognition and trip expenses for this particular Academy event, the
winning directors are also noted:
First place in Comedy goes to "Zeke," a graduate thesis film produced
by Cassandra Henderson, co-produced by Matthew Olmon and directed by
Second place in Comedy went to "The Plunge," a graduate thesis
work produced by Stephen Broussard, co-produced by Dennis Hauck and
directed by Todd Schulman.
First place in the Music category was grabbed by "To Say I Love
You," an undergraduate thesis film produced by Sloane Korach and
directed by John Thursby.
Second place in Drama was awarded to "3 AM," a graduate thesis work
produced by Ivette Garcia Davila, co-produced by Tony Ciarlariello
and Jon Lang, and directed by Stewart Hopewell.
Third place in Drama went to "The 17th Man," a graduate thesis film
produced by Brooke Krinsky, Brett Jacobson and Adam J. Kreps, and
directed by Yimeng Jin.
The School of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts
also known as the FSU Film School comprises one of the largest
and best equipped facilities devoted wholly to film education, while
its undergraduate and Master of Fine Arts programs rank amongst the
most highly regarded in the world.
To see a selection of movie clips from the award winners, visit the Film School