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49th Michigan Student Film Festival
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the DIA's Detroit Film Theatre
Congratulations to our Category Winners!
- John Prusak Visionary Award for Documentary: Enough is Enough (Jarod Clark, Royal Oak)
- Maple Theatre Best Narrative Award: The Mailman (Becca Messner, Royal Oak)
- Best PSA: Your Body is a Battery (Dana Paiz, Byron Center)
- Best Music Video: Ed Tech Mannequin Challenge (Riley Cimini and Cole Lietz, Lapeer)
- Best Animation: Vignettes of Life (Richard Unger, Birmingham)
- Best News/Sports Feature: Heroin in Our Community (Brock Stieb, Liam Rogers, Micah Williams and Brian Farstvedt,
- Best Experimental Video: Oh the Voices (Carson Tate, Holland's Careerline Tech Center)
- Ron Castorri Elementary/Junior-Audience Award: American Innovator: Thomas Edison (Studio Art Classes of Duvall and Lindbergh Elementary, Dearborn)
- Ron Castorri Senior-Audience Award: Don't Be Your Own Speedbump ( Noah Hudson Peralta, L'Anse Creuse)
This year's festival included...
- A free Canon DSLR camera kit for a high school--drawn from all school memberships (link to Membership levels)
- Every entry is eligible for festival drawings of free professional gear
- $250 ProCam gift cards for category winners (PSA, music video, etc.)
- $500 cash prize from the Maple Theatre for best narrative film
- $500 cash prize best documentary--the 2nd annual John Prusak Visionary Award
- Scholarships to film camp at Michigan Youth Arts Festival (May 18-20 at Western Michigan University)
- Partial scholarships to University of Detroit Mercy
- Partial scholarship to Lawrence Technological University
- Full one-year scholarship to Specs Howard School of Media Arts
- Full one-year scholarship to the Motion Picture Institute