SBCC Film Community Club to host 4th annual film awards

SAMI SOTO, Channels Staff

City College film students will receive recognition for their efforts at the 4th Annual SBCC Film Awards taking place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, in the Fé Bland forum.

The City College Film Community Club hosts the event every year. It is student-run, from organizing the panel of judges to producing the awards.

“The club started more as a community on Facebook, where all film students got connected to meet for projects to look for crew members, to look for actors, et cetera,” said club member Omar Gomez. “And it actually grew fairly quickly in the last three years.”

The event organizers are hoping to receive 15 submissions, and will then choose the films to be screened. The group will show as many films as the event time allows for.

“It’s a good experience to get denied or rejected because that’s 90 percent of this occupation,” said Club President Ida Dahlgren. “But hopefully we can show all of the movies.”

The judges are faculty members of the theatre and film departments, in which each judge will be assigned to an award category. The awards include “Best Picture,” “Best Editor” and “Best Director.” Club Advisor Stephen Davega will also be judging for “Best Sound.”

“I think it’s the first time where film students get to show their projects to a larger audience. They get genuine unfiltered feedback,” said Davega. “It’s one thing to show your film to your classmates and friends. It’s another thing showing it to people who are just acquaintances or strangers, and then seeing how they respond.”

The students are putting in countless hours to see their films shown.

“Film students work so hard the entire semester. I see them now and they don’t sleep,” said Dahlgren. “I think that hard work should be celebrated together as a community, so I hope they get out of it a night they can remember.”

Tickets are on sale now in Humanities Building Room 233 for $5. For information on the awards event, see the event page here.

“It is always an interesting set of films. It’s always entertaining,” said Davega. “People can expect a good time…It’s a mini version of the Oscars.”