(l. to r.) Sam Thomas, Abigail Mewbourne, Cyrus Townsend (there to represent Kiana Washington’s winning entry as the project’s DP and sound recordist), Hayden Schwartz, Caleb Moss, Meekah Howell (co-composer of music for “2030”), Armaan “Eric” Najhawan, Joybeth Sullivan and Ben Janes accept their awards at the 2020 Georgia Communication Association Student Film Festival. (Photo: Jay Hamilton)
Grady Entertainment & Media Studies students win multiple awards at the 2020 GCA Student Film Festival
Grady EMST students won four statewide awards at the Georgia Communication Association sponsored 2020 Student Film Festival.
To honor award recipients, an awards dinner and ceremony took place on Friday, Feb. 21, at the GCA 90th Annual Conventionat Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville, Georgia.
Among the winners, Kiana Washington won first place for her documentary, “Breaking the Box.”
“I am so honored and thankful that my film was recognized as a winner of the Georgia Communication Association student film festival,” said Washington. “I made this film in my documentary class last semester, and it was the first film that I made mostly on my own with a story I was proud to shine some light on. In creating this documentary, I really wanted to explore the concept of identity and self-expression for the non-conforming society. I do not think there are enough stories told about the non-conforming community, their struggles, and their experiences, so I wanted people to take something away from Blake and Metas stories like I did in making this documentary.”
The GCA Student Film Festival exists to recognize outstanding original visual narratives created by Georgia college and university students. This year, there were 31 total submissions from students throughout the state.
Narrative Film Awards
First place – “The Dreams of a Flightless Bird”
Director/Co-Writer: Armaan Eric Najhawan Producer/Co-Writer: Ben Janes Director of Photography: Joybeth Sullivan Sound Designer: Nick Hayward Lead Editor: Caroline Young Post-Production Supervisor/Assistant Editor: Daniel Mathis 1st Assistant Director: Samantha Harris Art Department/Production Designer: Jane Turula Casting Director: Julia Ruffino Composer: Enoch Lee Faculty adviser: Booker T. Mattison
Second place – “2030”
Director/Writer: Caleb Moss Producer: Natascha Tang Director of Photography: Quinn Reeder Editor: Katy Plant Composer: Polychroma Faculty adviser: Booker T. Mattison
Third place – “Murphy’s Law”
Documentary Film Awards
First place – “Breaking the Box”
Filmmaker: Kiana Washington Music Composer: Cameron Gwynn Editor: Ian Nixon Camera and Sound Assistance: Cyrus Townsend Faculty adviser: Garland McLaurin
The Georgia Communication Association is a professional organization comprised of faculty who teach media and communication at campuses throughout Georgia.