Film: Santa Barbara International Film Festival: 2009

The 6th Annual 10-10-10 Student Competitions

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (which runs Thursday, January 22, through Sunday, February 1) will present Sotheby’s International Realty 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition for their sixth consecutive year. SBIFF will also continue the exciting 10-10-10 Student Screenwriting Competition that debuted in 2006.

These events bring together student filmmakers and screenwriters with industry professionals in an effort to encourage and assist the next generation of filmmakers. The Kick-Off for the contest is on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at a press conference at the Montecito Country Club.  Press is invited to cover.
 
The Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Business First Bank, Lucky Brand Jeans features 10 writers who were selected out of 19 submissions from Santa Barbara high school and college students who submitted a 10-page sample of their best work – screenplay, stage play, or short story.

The five best script samples were chosen from the high school level and five from the college level. The finalists were then assigned a storyline and an industry professional to mentor them during the writing of their screenplay. Finalists meet with their mentor throughout the process, submitting their final draft in early January 2009. 
 
The 10 student screenplays will be officially matched at the press conference with a category-appropriate filmmaking finalist from the Sotheby’s International Realty 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition. These 10 students, selected from 23 submissions, will direct a 10-minute film during the 10 days of the 24th Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
 
On Sunday, February 1, at 1:00 pm at the Lobero Theatre, the 10 films will be screened and judged on both filmmaking and screenwriting criteria. A winner in each of the competitions will be selected from both the high school and college levels. The winning films will be shown at the Closing Night festivities later that evening at the Arlington Theatre. 

Finalists of the Sotheby’s International Realty 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty:

HIGH SCHOOL
Aya Miyazaki           - San Marcos High School
Eddie Dixon               - La Cuesta High School
Erik Choquette          - Santa Barbara High School
Sarah Friedland         - Dos Pueblos High School
Taylor Fauntleroy     - Santa Barbara High School

COLLEGE
Ash Blodgett             - Brooks Institute
Joe Catalano              - UCSB
Kerstin Hedstrom      - SBCC
Ryan Turner              - UCSB
Sam Benenati            - SBCC    
 
Finalists of the 10-10-10 Student Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Business First National Bank, Lucky Brand and Final Draft:

HIGH SCHOOL
Stephen Amspoker    - San Marcos High School
Allie Cole                    - Santa Barbara High School
Eddie Dixon                - La Cuesta High School
Zac Frank                   - Santa Barbara High School
Erik Choquette           - Santa Barbara High School

COLLEGE
Rose Corcoran           - Westmont
Tracy Fisher              - SBCC
Tatiana Kaiser           - Brooks Institute
Gregory Paarmann    - SBCC
Kevin Tran                - SBCC    
 
The mentors for this year’s 10-10-10 Competition are:

SCREENWRITING MENTORS

Glenn Leopold, a three time Emmy nominee, has written hundreds of animated episodes for such shows as Disney’s Doug, The Smurfs, Scooby-Doo, Pink Panther and Sons, Fantastic Four and many more.
 
Joe Scanlan has directed about a dozen television movies and a few feature films and hundreds of prime time television dramas, including episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Outer Limits, and La Femme Nikita.
 
Josh Conviser, an experienced mountaineer, gave up the mountains for the jungles of Hollywood to pursue a career in screenwriting.  He is the Executive Consultant on Rome and published his first novel Echelon in July 2006. 
 
Jeff Arch is the Academy Award nominated writer of the blockbuster Sleepless in Seattle. He also has written and directed Complete Guide to Guys and penned and produced programs for television.
 
Robert Lewis has worked as a film editor, director, and producer in a lengthy career that has included work on Gomer Pyle, USMC, The Mod Squad, Macmillan & Wife, and Guilty or Innocent, The Sam Shepherd Murder Case.
 
Mashey Bernstein teaches writing and film at UCSB. In 2004 he instigated UCSB at Telluride, taking a class to the Film Festival there. His screenplay Orson at the Gate is currently under option.
 
Rob Sternin and Prudence Sternin Fraser are best known for their work in television, where they have written, produced, developed or created over a dozen prime time series, from Who’s the Boss? to The Nanny.
 
Michael Jaffe, partner of Jaffe/Braunstein Films Ltd., has produced over 108 movies-of-the-week and mini-series, including work with Michael Mann, Sidney Lumet, Alan Arkin, and Timothy Hutton.
 
Roger Durling is the executive director of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

FILMMAKING MENTORS

Jeff Arch (see bio blurb above)
 
Joe Johnston has directed numerous films including Jurassic Park III, Hidalgo, Jumanji, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
 
Tom Ackerman is an in-demand cinematographer whose credits include Beetle Juice, The Benchwarmers, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
 
Richard Harris has worked on 40 productions as an editor including The Candidate, LA Story, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and Titanic.

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