The 8th Annual 10-10-10 Student Competitions Begin

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (which runs January 27-February 6) will present the 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition for the eighth consecutive year. SBIFF will also continue the exciting 10-10-10 Student Screenwriting Competition which debuted in 2006. These events bring together student filmmakers and screenwriters with industry professionals in an effort to encourage and assist the next generation of filmmakers.

The Kick-Off for the contest is on Tuesday, January 25, at 2:00 p.m. with A PRESS CONFERENCE at the Canary Hotel.  Press is invited to cover; please RSVP to Rob Mankin: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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:

Screenwriting Finalists


High School

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



Filmmaking Finalists


High School

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

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