With the golden statues polished, actors, actresses, directors and producers from across the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District gathered to spend an evening celebrating their efforts in the area of film production in April.
These high school students attended the Second Annual Student Film Awards (SFA). Hosted by the KHGN Video Production class, the ceremony is dedicated to showcasing and recognizing the top video submissions from Harlingen High School, Harlingen High School South and Early College High School.
“It’s an evening to recognize all of the time and effort that our students put into their video projects,” said Patricia Guajardo, HCISD media tech instructor. “For the students who are truly passionate about editing, directing or acting, we want to encourage them to follow their dreams if they wish to pursue video production as a career.”
During the ceremony, the best videos were selected in the categories of Horror, News, Highlights, Comedy, Best Editor, Music Video, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Overall Video. Over 60 videos were entered into the competition this year with each category being narrowed down to three finalist, said Guajardo.
For the awarded videos, it proved to be a memorable evening for all those involved with its creation.
“It felt pretty good to win,” said Esteban Salas, student at HHSS and SFA winner in the category of Best Editor. “Editing is a passion of mine. I put a lot of time and effort into getting everything together. I feel like this is the reward after you’ve done so much hard work.”
“Being here and having our entries win is a great feeling,” said Carmen Cisneros, student at ECHS and SFA award winner in the category of Best Overall Video. “It’s the first time we’ve entered the awards. It’s a great experience.”
The students may have been the main winners of the evening, but their instructors were just as excited to see all of the students involved succeed. Administrators, parents, students and community members were also in attendance to support the nominees.
“We were really excited they did well,” said Andres Torres, media tech teacher at HHSS. “They worked all year to put together all sorts of videos. It’s exciting to see them go from an idea to seeing the finished project.”
Students created the videos as part of their participation in the media technology class or media club on campus. Many of the videos that were submitted appeared in their school’s news program.
Complete list of winners: Horror: After Hours – Dena Ngueyen, HHSS, News: A Day in the Life of a Kindergartener – Erin Navarro, HHSS, Highlights: CTV Promo: Nicholas Delaunay, HHS, Comedy: Snickers Commercial – Karisma Castro, HHS, Music Video: Dreams – Jonathan Silva, HHS, Best Editor: KSTV Open: Esteban Salas, HHSS, Best Actor: 360 – Mark Alvarado, HHS, Best Actress: Stranded- Anissa Martinez, ECHS, Best Director: CTV Promo – Nicholas Delaunay, HHS and Best Overall Video: Stranded – Carmen Cisneros, Early College High School.
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Complete list of winners:
Horror: After Hours – Dena Ngueyen, Harlingen High School South
News: A Day in the Life of a Kindergartener – Erin Navarro, Harlingen High School South
Highlights: CTV Promo: Nicholas Delaunay, Harlingen High School
Comedy: Snickers Commercial – Karisma Castro, Harlingen High School
Music Video: Dreams – Jonathan Silva, Harlingen High School
Best Editor: KSTV Open: Esteban Salas, Harlingen High School South
Best Actor: 360 – Mark Alvarado, Harlingen High School
Best Actress: Stranded- Anissa Martinez, Early College High School
Best Director: CTV Promo – Nicholas Delaunay, Harlingen High School
Best Overall: Stranded – Carmen Cisneros, Early College High School