Student Winners Announced in the 2021 Rod Serling Film Fest

Thank you to every student who entered work into the Rod Serling Film Festival and congratulations to the following student filmmakers who are being honored in 2021. Categorical Honors

Best Abstract/Experimental
‘When Rain Falls’ by Myanoe Aung
Albany High School

Best Cinematography
‘Be Aware’ by Myanoe Aung
Albany High School

Best Computer Animation
‘A Vivid Dream’ by Jackson Ames
Greater Southern Tier BOCES/Wildwood Education Center 

Best K-5
‘Cargo of Doom’ by Charlie Spielberg
PS 38 The Pacific School

Best Stop Motion Animation
‘Tidal Wave’ by Shelby Thompson
Greater Southern Tier BOCES/Wildwood Education Center

Best Fiction/Story
‘Call Me at 8’ by Julia Guest
Cortland Junior/Senior High School

Best Social Commentary
‘Everything is Normal’ by Julia Guest
Cortland Junior/Senior High School

Special Honors
Honorable Mention
‘Anomalies’ by Genevieve Brown
Richard T. Stank Middle School

Spirit of Serling Award
‘Death’s Gambit’ by Jett Casterline
Greater Southern Tier BOCES/Wildwood Education Center

Best in Show
‘The Chef’ by Jackson McCauley
Maine-Endwell High School

Thank you to Christina Kunzman, Mallory Little, Andrew Polak, Anne Serling & Doug Sutton, and the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation. This Festival is part of WSKG’s Youth Voices initiative and is supported in part by Darryl Wood and Toby Wollin and the Bert Santora Charitable Trust. 

Double Honor for Film ‘8 to 8’ in Serling Fest

The film ‘8 to 8’ is by Alec Simmons, student at Ithaca’s Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, NY. ‘8 to 8’ is the recipient of the ‘Best SciFi/Fantasy’ award and the honor of ‘Best in Show’ for 2017.  Here is some feedback from the filmmaker. What is your film about? A college student keeps noticing a mysterious tower on the outskirts of campus.

Student-Produced ‘Left to Write’ Will Leave You Pondering

A student group of five filmmakers who have a passion for all elements of video making, whether it’s filming, acting, editing, or writing. Erick Amaya, Griffin Bluemer, Thomas Friebolin, Noah Morris, David Mosden are students at Huntington High School in Mrs. Swan’s video program. Their film explores the life of a student who, one day, discovers a book that describes his life. This piece follows the boy as he contemplates whether to continue reading the book, or to return it to the librarian who gave it to him. What is your film about? 
This is a film production that explores the life of a student who, one day, discovers a book that describes his life.

‘It’s Not What it Looks Like’ Receives Best Fiction/Story Honor

Congratulations to Jad Jacob for sharing his film It’s Not What It Looks Like with the Rod Serling Film Festival. His film received the award for Best Fiction/Story for 2017. What is your film about? 
It’s Not What It Looks Like is a one-shot comedic short film detailing the adolescent antics of Steve and Clara, a couple whose attempt at a breakup takes a quick and escalating series of turns for the worst. How did you come up with the idea for your film? I wanted to challenge myself my making a short film that was all done in one shot.

'Spirit of Serling' Award Goes to Film Focused on Racial Stereotyping

Nicholas Taboni is a senior at Canisius High School in Buffalo, NY. When he’s not busy working on films he is a variety runner and captain of the cross country team. Nick is also involved in numerous clubs and service activities throughout the year. His film ‘The Box’ s was recently awarded the ‘Spirit of Serling’ award in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival.  He took some time to share his thoughts on the Festival with us:

What is your film about?