Meet the Winners of the 2017 AT&T Film Awards
The results are in! The judges have completed their selections and we are excited to announce the winners of the 2017 AT&T Film Awards.
We had an overwhelming response to the 3rd edition of the contest, receiving 664 outstanding entries from across the U.S., with filmmakers vying for a shot at prizes including cash awards, trips, camera equipment kits, and a summer film program at the USC Cinematic School of the Arts.
The AT&T Film Awards is an open competition seeking imaginative, undiscovered short films from aspiring filmmakers who want their voices heard. For the 3rd edition of the AT&T Film Awards, we are putting the spotlight on the next generation of great storytellers, student filmmakers from middle school to college students. The contest also seeks innovative short films from emerging filmmakers who are shooting their projects utilizing mobile video technologies, including smartphone, tablet, drone, and GoPro.
Without further ado, we are thrilled to present the winners and finalists:
Best Short Film – College Student
Young Gul Cho, Director
New York, NY
School of Visual Arts
The project critiques today’s cultural climate of human’s total dependency on machines. Is it possible that machines will disrupt our natural biological imperative to reproduce? The film takes us into a factory that produces humans, so we can see what that’s like.
Young Gul Cho
BABY I’M YOURS
Hadley Hillel, Director
In the future as it was imagined in the 1950’s, Nathan notices his mother actin strange and begins to question whether or not she is a robot.
Leah Chen Baker, Director
New York, NY
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
GINA is a comedy about a determined woman seeking success while down on her luck.
Leah Chen Baker
Best Spanish Language Short Film – College Student
Miguel J. Soliman, Director
New York, NY
School of Visual Arts
In the darkness of a soundproof recording studio, a conversation sparks between two voice actors dealing with a shared tragedy.
Miguel J. Soliman
Best Short Film – Shot on Mobile
Ryan Riffle, Director
James is on a mission to rescue a girl from a group of thugs who have taken her hostage. Can he get it done without raising alarm? This film is done in one long camera take filmed on iPhone 6 Plus.
Sven Dreesbach, Director
Marina Del Rey, CA
THIS MOMENT is a visual poem dedicated to the world of surfing, in particular, to that moment when you are out there in the ocean and your body and soul become one with nature.
Francisco Infante, Director
San Juan Capistrano, CA
A commitment-phobe looks back on the loves he left behind during a first date with the one he believes to be his soulmate.
Keegan Gogerty & Francisco Infante, Co-Directors
Best Short Film – Youth
David Mansour, Director
High Tech High School
This film is essentially about every other teenager in the world. With social media on the rise and cyberbullying accompanying it, it’s a really big threat. David’s film goes to show that one phrase, one text, or one call can literally make the largest impact in someone’s life.
Meaghan Leahy & Sophie Salazar
Gunston Middle School
We believe that in order to affect change with cyberbullying, we all must learn how to practice good digital citizenship.
Sophie Salazar and Meagan Leahy
Lucas Smith, Director
Trenton High School
A woman is texting while driving and inadvertently hits a little girl. The film then shows an alternative outcome where the driver’s responsible behavior results in a child’s life being preserved.
The winners of each category will each receive the coveted AT&T Film Awards trophy plus the following prizes:
|Category – Place||Prize|
|Best Film, College Student – Winner||$10,000 USD|
|Best Film, College Student – 2nd Place||$3,000 USD|
|Best Film, College Student – 3rd Place||$2,000 USD|
|Best Spanish Language Film, College Student – Winner||Summer program at USC Cinematic School of the Arts, housing, travel, daily stipend|
|Best Film, Shot on Mobile – Winner||$10,000 USD|
|Best Film, Shot on Mobile – 2nd Place||$3,000 USD|
|Best Film, Shot on Mobile – 3rd Place||$2,000 USD|
|Best Youth Film – Winner||Week-long trip to filmmaking course with parent/guardian, and a $2,000 camera equipment package|
|Best Youth Film – 2nd Place||1-day Fresh Films filmmaker workshop in finalists’ hometown with 9 friends, plus a $2,000 camera equipment package|
|Best Youth Film – 3rd Place||$2,000 camera equipment package|
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 AT&T Film Awards, and many thanks to all filmmakers who submitted their amazing short films!
We will soon be announcing the 4th edition of the AT&T Film Awards in early February, so please keep an eye out on this blog for more details.