Rod Serling Film Festival
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival.
BEST ABSTRACT/EXPERIMENTAL | Algo |Isabella Mesko
BEST DOCUMENTARY | Choices | Shyann Stroud
BEST FICTION/STORY | It’s Not What It Looks Like | Jad Jacob
BEST SCI FI/ FANTASY | 8 to 8 | Alec Simmons
BEST SOCIAL COMMENTARY | Dream Deferred| Nadia Nugent
BEST K-5 | Monster Girl | Colleen McGuinness
BEST 9-12 | Why God? | Evan Pritchard
HONORABLE MENTION 9-12 | Doodle | Tyler Barhydt
SPIRIT OF SERLING AWARD | Left to Write | Erick Amaya, Griffin Bluemer, Thomas Friebolin, David Mosden, Noah Morris
BEST IN SHOW | 8 to 8 | Alec Simmons
This Festival is held in of honor Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.
Rod Serling (1925-1975) is an American icon. An Emmy-award winning writer and producer, he was best known for his role as creator and host of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. His innovative work, infused with a sense of moral responsibility and artistic integrity, maintains a cult status. A native of Binghamton, NY, Serling spent his final years as a professor at Ithaca College.
The Rod Serling Video Festival launched in 1995 and has welcomed hundreds of entries throughout the years. In 2014, Larry Kassan retired as Festival Founder & Director. WSKG Public Media assumed coordination responsibilities and the project was renamed.
The Greater Binghamton Convention & Visitors Bureau has compiled information about Rod Serling including a walking tour that retraces his steps in his hometown of Binghamton, NY.
The Festival is held in partnership with the Art Mission and Theater, Binghamton City School District’s Rod Serling School of Fine Arts, New York State Media Arts Teachers Association and the Serling family.
Special thanks to Anne Serling & Doug Sutton, Santino DeAngelo & the staff and board of The Art Mission and Theater, Larry Kassan & the Binghamton City School District, Leslie Campbell, Andy Pioch, and the Judging Committee comprised of David Chirico, Chris Kocher, Christina Kunzman, Rebecca Sheriff, and Liam Walsh.