Second Annual SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival Announces 2016 Official Selections

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Films Will Be Screened at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on Oct. 26 in Conjunction with the SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition

Howard Lukk with 2015 SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival Best in Show Winners

We are thrilled with the entries for this year’s festival, and we look forward to showcasing and supporting student filmmakers — including some still in high school — from around the world

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the organization whose standards work has supported a century of technological advances in entertainment technology, and the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) today announced the Official Selections for the 2016 SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival. Jurors curated the selected shorts from a record number of more than 250 submissions from more than 46 countries.

Hosted by SMPTE Director of Engineering and Standards Howard Lukk, the SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. The event is being held in conjunction with the SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2016). The Official Selections will be presented in SMPTE Digital Cinema Package (SMPTE-DCP) format, courtesy of Sundog Media Toolkit. Attendees may screen the Virtual Reality (VR) Official Selections with viewers courtesy of Google and Unofficial Cardboard™. Filmmaker information and trailers are available at http://www.smpte.org/film-festival

“We are thrilled with the entries for this year’s festival, and we look forward to showcasing and supporting student filmmakers — including some still in high school — from around the world,” said Lukk. “The Official Selections for this year’s festival illustrate the rich potential of new entertainment technology as a storytelling tool, especially when in the hands of creative and innovative young filmmakers.”

2016 SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival Official Selections:

Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in the Story — Animated Short

“Cowboyland” by David Stumpf
Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (Slovakia)

“Dance of a Broken Heart” by Andreia Serrano
Central Saint Martins (London, U.K.)

“Endear” by Suhyun Cho and Nadya Wijaya
School of the Visual Arts (New York, U.S.)

“H2Obby” by Flavia Trevisan
Faculdade Melies de Tecnologia (São Paulo, Brazil)

“The Graveyard Shift” by Lara Arikan
Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota, Florida, U.S.)

“I Could Eat a Horse” by Jake Hovell
University of South Wales (Pontypridd, Wales, U.K.)

“My Mother Only Had One Eye” by Joseph Nason
Cork Institute of Technology (Cork, Ireland)

“Player Two” by Zack Antell
Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York, U.S.)

“Return to Sender” by Catherine Bailey
Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota, Florida, U.S.)

“Scraps” by Dor Cohen and Marnus Nagel
Media Design School (Auckland, New Zealand)

“Seen Through the Eyes of Children” by Anna Maria Mouradian
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University (Montréal, Canada)

“Spotlight” by Otalia Caussé
Supinfocom Rubika (Valenciennes, France)

“Unmasked” by Christina Faraj and Alice Gavish
School of the Visual Arts (New York, U.S.)

Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in the Story — Live-Action Short

“Bug Killer” by Unggyu Choi
School of the Visual Arts (New York, U.S.)

“Departure” by Emily Pietro
Emerson College (Boston, U.S.)

“Look Up” by Shane Murphy
San Francisco State University (San Francisco, U.S.)

“One on One” by Chen Yeger
Sapir College (Gevim, Israel)

“Return” by Ehsan Mollazadeh
Sorreh University (Tehran, Iran)

Best Use of Mobile Device or Tablet to Convey a Story — Narrative Short

“ISMS” by Jayden Gillespie
Canyon Crest Academy (San Diego, California, U.S.)

“Solëdad” by Jon Navarro
Long Island University (Brooklyn, New York, U.S.)

“XX” by Yagmur Ekim Yilmaz
Çankaya Anatolian High School (Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey)

Best Use of Virtual Reality in Storytelling — Narrative Short

“At the Game: An RIT Hockey Experience” by Anna Dining
Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, New York, U.S.)

“Experience Rochester” by Anna Dining
Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, New York, U.S.)

“Rhapsody” by CHAN Ming Chun
Hong Kong Design Institute (Tiu Keng Wan, Hong Kong)

Award winners for each category will be announced and presented at the festival. In addition, the Audience Choice Award will be voted on on-site by attendees and presented at the conclusion of the festival.

Tickets to attend the SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival are available with SMPTE 2016 registration packages or separately at http://www.smpte2016.org. Admission to the SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival is free for students, and a $25 donation is suggested for others.

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About the Hollywood Professional Association
Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools, and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at http://www.hpaonline.com.

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)
For the past 100 years, the people of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE, pronounced “simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances in entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has earned an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. The Society has developed thousands of standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, more than 800 of which are currently in force.

SMPTE’s global membership today includes 7,000 members, who are motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students. A partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) connects SMPTE and its membership with the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at http://www.smpte.org/join.

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