STUDENT FILMMAKER COMPETITION
Our mission is to give students a platform to share their stories and motivation to keep pursuing their dream career in film.
2018 Student Film Finalists
Morgan Dameron is an award-winning writer, director and producer who always blazes her own path. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Dameron was awarded the Women in Film and Television in Kansas City’s “Trailblazer Award” for Up and Coming Women in Film while still in high school. She received a full scholarship to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she graduated summa cum laude. Her award-winning short films have been selected for film festivals worldwide. She has been supported by prestigious programs such as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Caucus for Producers, and Ryan Murphy’s HALF Foundation. Her first feature film, DIFFERENT FLOWERS, starring and produced by Emmy-Award-winner Shelley Long (CHEERS, TROOP BEVERLY HILLS) premiered to sold-out audiences at the 2017 Santa Barbara International Film Festival and was the Opening Night film of the San Diego International Women’s Film Festival. DIFFERENT FLOWERS received rave during its national theatrical release, and can currently be seen on Showtime. Kansas City Women in Film and Television recently honored her with the “Spirit of Kansas City” award for her work bringing film production to her hometown. She lives in Los Angeles with a growing collection of ukuleles.
Liliana Hueso is a bi-national bilingual accomplished producer, filmmaker, and photographer. She has extensive experience in teaching media, facilitating workshops, and organizing community events on both sides of the border. Liliana is currently completing her masters in photography management at IBERO Universidad Iberoamericana de Tijuana to add to her degree in mass media communications from ITESO Universidad Jesuita Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX. Lilana is the Media Educator + Special Projects Coordinator for Outside the Lens, a San Diego-based organization that provides photography and digital media programming to youth and the community.
Barbi Appelquist is Of Counsel at the Los Angeles entertainment law firm Cohen Gardner LLP where her practice focuses on nonprofits and government affairs. She serves on various nonprofit boards emphasizing gender equality & political participation, including the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (Chair of Advisory Board), Hillary for America (Co-Director of Veterans and Military Families for Hillary), UN Women #TeamHeForShe (Co-Founder), Santa Monica Child Care & Early Education Task Force (Co-Chair), National Women’s Political Caucus, Women's Museum of California & Santa Monica Democratic Club.
Laura Hertzfeld is director of Journalism 360, a joint initiative in immersive storytelling from the Knight Foundation, Google News Lab and the Online News Association. She is a producer, writer and editor with over a decade of experience helping media brands develop their online content, engagement and distribution strategies. Recent projects beyond J360 include two Emmy-winning digital shows for NBC’s Rio Olympics coverage, video strategy and content for YouTube beauty star Michelle Phan’s ipsy community, and health and wellness coverage for Livestrong.com. Previously, Laura was senior producer at Larry King Now and Ora.tv's over a dozen unscripted shows. Prior to joining Ora, she led Entertainment Weekly/EW.com's L.A.-based writers and editors. She managed PBS.org’s election coverage from Washington, D.C. in 2008 and was an editor on the original Yahoo! News team. Laura runs programming for BinderCon LA and mentored students in VR/AR at Hack the Gender Gap at USC in 2016.
A scholarship will be awarded to the student film selected by the judging panel, and will be announced at the ceremony immediately following the Student Short Block on Sunday, April 15th.