Boca Students Meet Burt Reynolds, Among Finalists For Student Showcase Of Films


Ben Beeler, Jordan Hall, Burt Reynolds, Raymond Knudsen, Chandler Kravitz
Ben Beeler, Jordan Hall, Burt Reynolds, Raymond Knudsen, Chandler Kravitz

Smokey and the Bandit, courtesy

BOCA RATON, FL ( — Congratulations to the Boca Raton area students who are finalists in this year’s “Student Showcase of Films” set for March 14th at Lynn University. Burt Reynolds — who is still alive and incredibly looks just like he did in 1977’s “Smokey and the Bandit” — will present a $2500 scholarship to the lucky and talented winner.
From the Showcase of Films:

The Palm Beach International  Film Festival (PBIFF) – in collaboration with the Palm Beach County Film &
Television Commission, announced finalists today for the 2014 Student Showcase
of Films. The finalists were selected out of 256 entries and the winners will be
announced on Friday, March 14 before more than 700 students and industry
professionals at the Student Showcase of Films at Lynn University’s Keith C. and
Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center in Boca Raton.
This next generation of Florida filmmakers will be awarded with more than
$10,000 in cash and scholarships. SSOF is the largest statewide film competition
for students enrolled in high school and college film and television programs.
Entries are judged by 27 industry professionals from around the United States and
winning student films will be screened in their entirety during the film festival in
April 2014.
The placements of the winners for the Feature/Short category as well as the Burt
Reynolds scholarship will be announced at the 19th annual awards ceremony.
The finalists, listed in alphabetical order by last name, are:
Feature/Short, College:
Curtis Adair, Florida State University, Little Africa
Kyle Adams, Florida State University, Axiom
Hyungik Lee, Florida State University, Banana Trip
Feature/Short, High School:
Rachel Andelman, Shorecrest High School, The Zipper
Julie Bergman, Spanish River High School, Bright Eyes
Trevor Viner, Calvary Christian, The End of the Beginning
SOF’s competition winners in other categories include:
1st Place Commercial/PSA
Daniela Arguello, Cypress Bay High School, Disconnected
1st Place Documentary
Jon Sams, Florida State University, The Surreal and the Self
1st Place Music Video
Julia Carlin, Palm Beach Central High School, Delirium
1st Place Animation
Joon Soo Song, Joon Shik Song and Josiah Haworth, Ringling, Brain
1st Place Nellie and Fred Chasin Screenwriting
Frank Canas, Seminole Ridge High School, The Right Thing
1st Place Poster
Liana Rodriguez, South Tech Academy
The top 10 high school feature/shorts, as scored by the judges, are eligible for
online voting, starting today and running up until the morning of March 14. The
feature short with the most votes will receive the Audience Award at the Student
Florida native and longtime supporter Burt Reynolds will present the $2,500
scholarship that also bears his name. This year’s Burt Reynolds Scholarship Winner
will be revealed at the awards ceremony. Presented through Film Florida, SSOF
will also present a $500 Sara Fuller Scholarship.
The winners of this year’s competition will walk the red carpet and receive
awards in front of more than 700 attendees at the live SSOF awards show on
Friday, March 14. The red carpet pre-event will begin at 9:30 a.m. The awards
show will begin at 10:30am at the Keith C. & Elaine Johnson World Performing
Arts Center at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.
For more information about the Student Showcase of Films, please visit or This program is funded
by the PBIFF, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, the Palm
Beach County Economic Development Office and the Palm Beach County Film
& Television Commission.
About the Palm Beach International Film Festival (April 3-10, 2014)
The PBIFF is a not for profit 501 (c) 3 founded in 1996 with the vision of offering an xciting cultural venue for the community and to be a tremendous fundraiser for
educational film and television programs. The festival hosts more than 15,000
filmgoers annually, has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Destination Film
Festivals in the World by Moviemaker Magazine. The festival has screened more
than 322World Premieres, 177 Student Films and 2,168 films from 65 countries.
The PBIFF has welcomed a bevy of top talent and filmmakers including:
Academy Award® Winners Adrien Brody, Anthony Hopkins, Tommy Lee Jones,
Faye Dunaway, Dennis Hopper, Louise Fletcher and Michael Caine; Academy
Award® Nominees Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Robert Evans, Sylvester
Stallone, Woody Harrelson, Richard Jenkins and Burt Reynolds. Along with
countless other legends, stars and filmmakers that have created movie magic
for the past 80 years, including: Roger Moore, Faye Wray, Esther Williams, Anouk
Aimee, Samuel L. Jackson, Cyd Charisse, Richard Zanuck, William Friedkin, Brett
Ratner, Jacqueline Bisset, Michael Clarke Duncan and Rod Steiger.


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