Fest honors 9 NYU students

The 51st annual First-Run Student Film Festival saluted nine NYU students for short-film achievements May 1 at a ceremony held at Town Hall here.

First-prize Mobil Awards went to undergrad Graham Justice for “A Children’s Story” and grad student Howard McCain for “Los Pollos.”

Second-placers were undergrad Keven Mardesich for “Ya’ Better Start Prayin’ ” and grad student Ethan Spigland for “The Strange Case of Balthazar Hyppolite.”

In third were grad student Myles Connell with “In Uncle Robert’s Footsteps” and undergrad Ken Webb for “The Waiters.”

The Mobil awards were selected from 18 semi-finalists (140 films were submitted) by an industry panel that included Eric Max Frye, director of “Amos & Andrew.”

The Dean’s Choice awards, funded by NYU alumnus Chris Columbus (“Home Alone”) , were selected by Tisch School of the Arts faculty. Winners were: Carrie Schultz for “Saving Sorrow”; Thomas Kocza for “See-Saw”; and grad student Chriss Williams for “Bloods on the Moon.”

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