The Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Business First Bank and Final Draft features 10 writers who were selected out of 31 submissions fromSanta Barbara high school and college students who submitted a 10-page sample of their best work – screenplay, stage play, or short story. The five best script samples were chosen from the high school level and five from the college level. The finalists were then assigned a storyline and an industry professional to mentor them during the writing of their screenplay. Finalists met with their mentor throughout the process.
The 10 student screenplays will be officially matched at the press conference with a category-appropriate filmmaking finalist from the 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition. These 10 students, selected from 51 submissions, will direct a 10-minute film during the 10 days of the 25th Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
On Sunday, February 6, at 1:00 pm at the Lobero Theatre, the 10 films will be screened and judged on both filmmaking and screenwriting criteria. A winner in each of the competitions will be selected from both the high school and college levels. The winning films will be shown at the Closing Night festivities later that evening at the Arlington Theatre.
Finalists of the 10-10-10 Student Screenwriting and Filmmaking Competition sponsored by Business First Bank and Final Draft:
Jillian Fisher - San Marcos High School
Wyatt Krutsch - Dunn High School
Aija Mayrock - Laguna Blanca School
Cameron Platt - Laguna Blanca School
Leanne Sturman - San Marcos High School
Brittany Carriger - UCSB
Mary Jane Johnson - SBCC
Kevin Torres - SBCC
Chris Villegas - Brooks Institute
Katherine Waskul - UCSB
Ally Shiras - San Marcos High School
Jorge Flores - San Marcos High School
Marz Akio Miller - Santa Barbara High School
PatrickAlcerro - Anacapa School
Tate Larrick - Santa Barbara High School
Brent Rumble - Brooks Institute
Joshua Shimmin - Brooks Institute
Keith Odett - SBCC
Matthew Oquendo - UCSB
Tony Ung - UCSB
The mentors for this year’s 10-10-10 Competition are:
Glenn Leopold-Emmy nominated Writer, Disney’s Doug, The Smurfs, Scooby-Doo, Pink Panther and Sons, Fantastic Four
Josh Conviser- Writer/Executive Consultant, Rome
Mashey Bernstein - teaches writing and film at University of California Santa Barbara
Rob Sternin and Prudence Fraser – Writers/Producers, Who’sthe Boss?, The Nanny
Teresa Tucker – Producer/Writer, Steal Big Steal Little,Chain Reaction, A Perfect Murder, Collateral Damage, Holes.
Jeff King – Producer/Writer, Due South, E.N.G., Night Heat
Paul Kurta – Producer, Empire Records, Tomcats, Veronica Mars
VictoriaRiskin – Producer/Writer, My Antonia, World War II: When Lions Roared
Glenn Gers – Emmy winning Writer, Off Season, Fracture, Mad Money, Disfigured,
Mike Stinson - Chair of the Film Studies Department and teacher at Santa Barbara City College
Artie Schmidt - Academy Award winning Editor, Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Jaws 2, Back to the Future I,II andIII, The Last of the Mohicans, The Birdcage, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Perry Lang – Director ER, NYPD Blue, Dawson’s Creek, Alias, Everwood, Army Wives, Weeds, NCIS: Los Angeles