Published: Jan 10, 2018
Updated: Jan 15, 2018

Meet the Winners of the 2017 AT&T Film Awards

Author: Dave Okamoto

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

AT&T Film Awards - Best Short Film: College Student badge

Winner:

E-DELIVERY

Young Gul Cho, Director
New York, NY
School of Visual Arts

Synopsis:
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.
E-Delivery movie poster

Young Gul Cho
Young Gul Cho

2nd Place:

BABY I’M YOURS

Hadley Hillel, Director
Orange, CA
Chapman University

Synopsis:
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.
Baby I'm Yours movie poster

Hadley Hillel
Hadley Hillel

3rd Place:

GINA

Leah Chen Baker, Director
New York, NY
NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Synopsis:
GINA is a comedy about a determined woman seeking success while down on her luck.
Gina movie poster

Leah Chen Baker
Leah Chen Baker

Best Spanish Language Short Film – College Student

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Winner:

DESDE EL PRINCIPIO

Miguel J. Soliman, Director
New York, NY
School of Visual Arts

Synopsis:
In the darkness of a soundproof recording studio, a conversation sparks between two voice actors dealing with a shared tragedy.
Desde el Principio movie poster

Miguel J. Soliman
Miguel J. Soliman

Best Short Film – Shot on Mobile

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Winner:

ONE MAN JOB

Ryan Riffle, Director
Tucson, AZ

Synopsis:
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.
One Man Job movie poster

Ryan Riffle
Ryan Riffle

2nd Place:

THIS MOMENT

Sven Dreesbach, Director
Marina Del Rey, CA

Synopsis:
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.
This Moment movie poster

Sven Dreesbach
Sven Dreesbach

3rd Place:

HER NAME WAS

Francisco Infante, Director
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Synopsis:
A commitment-phobe looks back on the loves he left behind during a first date with the one he believes to be his soulmate.
Her Name Was movie poster

Keegan Gogerty & Francisco Infante, Co-Directors
Keegan Gogerty & Francisco Infante, Co-Directors

Best Short Film – Youth

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Winner:

LEAVE A MESSAGE

David Mansour, Director
Bayonne, NJ
High Tech High School

Synopsis:
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.
Leave a Message movie poster

David Mansour
David Mansour

2nd Place:

CYBERBULLYING ENDS WHEN GOOD DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP BEGINS

Meaghan Leahy & Sophie Salazar
Arlington, VA
Gunston Middle School

Synopsis:
We believe that in order to affect change with cyberbullying, we all must learn how to practice good digital citizenship.
Cyberbullying Ends movie poster

photo of Sophie Salazar and Meagan Leahy
Sophie Salazar and Meagan Leahy

3rd Place:

REWIND

Lucas Smith, Director
Trenton, MI
Trenton High School

Synopsis:
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.

Rewind movie poster

Lucas Smith headshot
Lucas Smith

Prize Packages

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.


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