May 15, 2009

Latino Art Student Wins Film Competition

When most people think about college students pulling an all-nighter, they imagine young party animals cramming for a test the next morning. But a team of 11 art students at Platt College, San Diego School of Art and Design, gave new meaning to the term when they won first place in “48 Hours of Madness” film competition, sponsored by Best Fest Ameri-ca. Latino Marco Delgadillo, 20, was one of the members of the winning team.

On a Friday evening, 27 teams of art students were given the identical five-page script, which they were to interpret and produce in just 48 hours. Reviewed by industry professionals, the student films were judged on their film’s script interpretation, creativity, production and overall impact. Platt College’s winning entry “El Closet” is a short film about standing up to a critical situation.

Student winners of the “48 Hours of Madness” film competition, Donovan Manuel, Marco Delgadillo, Dan Olson, Scott Swaringen, Robert Brooks, Jake Cannon, and Anthony Garcellano.

“What makes me appreciate this prestigious honor is not only how our students displayed their talent as filmmakers, but their diligence and hard work,” said Marketa Hancova, Dean of Education at Platt College. “It is wonderful to see our students conduct themselves so professionally. Their ethics, honesty, hard work and unpretentious approach were great factors in their achievement, and they are the qualities that will make them leaders in their field when they graduate.”

Judges applauded the students on their interpretation of the script, saying it was “clever, funny and fresh.” Students said the experience was intense and exhilarating, and gave them practical skills they will take to the workplace after graduation.

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