October 2017

The 23rd annual Student Showcase of Films (SSOF) competition is now open to student filmmakers, writers, graphic designers and digital media artists enrolled in Florida high schools and colleges. The juried competition recognizes outstanding students by presenting $12,500 in scholarships and awards in the following categories: High School & College Feature/Shorts, The Suzanne Niedland Documentary Scholarship (New), Animation, Commercial/PSA, Environmental PSA, Mental Health Awareness PSA, Music Video, Screenwriting, Poster Design and an Audience Award. Honoring the legacy of Burt Reynolds, the SSOF awards a scholarship bearing his name, along with a Sara Fuller Scholarship through Film Florida.


“I’m truly amazed by the talent on display in this competition,” said Mr. Reynolds. “These young filmmakers are the future of our industry in Florida, especially Palm Beach County, the place I call home. We should all be proud that they have set the bar so high. That’s what makes the Student Showcase so special.”

Student submissions are judged by industry professionals from around the globe with finalists to be presented with cash awards and prizes during the anticipated, red carpet awards show scheduled for Friday, April 6, 2018, at the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Every year, the SSOF awards show attracts more than 800 students and their families, along with celebrity presenters, industry pros, media, state and county dignitaries, performers and more. Celebrity presenters have included Burt Reynolds, Vanilla Ice, Cheri Oteri, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Bruce Campbell, Clint Howard, Linda Blair and many more! The live show and broadcast is hosted by actor, entertainer and star of PBS South Florida’s On the Town in The Palm Beaches, Frank Licari!

Deadline for submissions is January 24, 2018

The SSOF is funded by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners through the Department of Housing & Economic Sustainability. Major sponsors include the Palm Beach International Film Festival, Lynn University and the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission. Category sponsors include Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Inc. (Environmental PSA Award), Film Florida (Sara Fuller Scholarship), Michael Chasin (Nellie & Fred Chasin Screenwriting Award) and the Information Television Network (“Know Difference” Mental Health Awareness PSA Award).


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