Future filmakers celebrated at third annual Student Film Awards


Lights, camera, action was the theme of the night as aspiring actresses, actors, directors and producers from schools across the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District celebrated the art of filmmaking on April 10.

Future filmmakers and Oscar winners attended the Third Annual Student Film Awards (SFA) at the district’s Performing Arts Center. Hosted by the KHGN Video Production class, student video submissions were showcased in a variety of categories and the best entry was awarded the coveted Student Film Award. 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.

“I’m stunned,” said Sally Asbury, Harlingen High School student and SFA winner for Music Video, Best Editor and Overall Video.  “This has made my senior year.”

With many entries from HHS, Harlingen High School South, Early College High School and Zavala Elementary School the competition was stiff as community members, experienced in video production, judged the videos to name their final selection, said Patricia Guajardo, HCISD media tech instructor.

“You are our future story tellers, film makers and television producers,” said Superintendent Dr.  Art Cavazos. “The work you showcased tonight was phenomenal and each of you should be proud. It speaks to your talent as students and the dedication of your teachers.”

Other winners included: Horror: House of Nightmares (Stranded 2) – Timothy Cardenas, ECHS, Music Video: Tick Tock – Sally Asbury, HHS, Comedy: The Rat Problem – Matt Garza, KHGN Production Class, Action: The Chase – Isaiah Trevino, HHSS, Best Director: Erik Camacho – Déjà vu, HHS, Best Editor: Sally Asbury – Tick Tock, HHS, Best Actress: Amanda Guillen – Him, HHS and Best Actor: Luke Servantes – Wazabi, KHGN Production Class.

Serving as the host of the evening’s ceremony was Action 4 news anchor Marcy Martinez.

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.

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.

With all of the excitement, students hope to have the chance to continue to show off their work in college and beyond. For some, the class was the eye-opening experience they needed to solidify their career choice for the future.

The videos of all the winners can be found on the district’s YouTube page at or by clicking here. 

Best News
Best Overall, Best Editor, Best Music Video
Best Actress:

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