A Santa Monica College student filmmaker is one of the finalists selected for the 10th Annual Los Angeles Student Film Awards Thursday, June 20, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles).
Dustin Brown of SMC will be competing against five other Los Angeles area students with his entry, “Solidarity.” The finalists were chosen from out of 22 of the most elite film schools from across Southern California that were asked to submit student films for consideration.
“We are thrilled that the six films selected by our jury reflect an exciting, diverse set of themes,” said Donald Haber, BAFTA Los Angeles executive director. “The craftsmanship and story-telling is impressive, and represents the high standard of films currently being produced by student filmmakers.”
All six films will be screened at the June 20 ceremony, where BAFTA Los Angeles members will cast their vote onsite for the winner. In addition, a separate, special Jury Prize will be awarded by an invited panel of Hollywood luminaries including writer/director Jonathan Lynn (“Clue,” “My Cousin Vinny,” BBC’s “Yes, Prime Minister”), actor Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”), actress Diane Baker (“Silence of the Lambs,” “Marnie”) and Variety’s senior film critic Peter Debruge.
In addition to the accolade, both winners will receive one year’s access to BAFTA Los Angeles’ educational and professional development events and classes. All finalists will receive a camera rental package from BAFTA Los Angeles partner The Camera House.
“BAFTA LA’s goal is not only to provide this next generation of talent with award recognition, but also provide a meaningful level of professional support and access to mentorship, events, seminars and our partners,” said Gary Dartnall, BAFTA Los Angeles chairman.
“Many of our own academy members received their start in the industry through the education that film schools provide, so supporting filmmakers during this stage of their career is very important to BAFTA Los Angeles.”