'On the Road to Tel-Aviv' wins highest honor
The 14th annual Angelus Student Film Fest will present its 2009 finalists and winners with over $50,000 in awards and prizes at its kudofest on Sept. 19 at the DGA.FSU student Khen Shalem, winner of the Patrick Peyton excellence in filmmaking award, won the fest’s highest honor for his film “On the Road to Tel-Aviv.” Shalem will receive $10,000, one of the highest cash prizes among all student fests. Other kudos, emceed by Emmy-winning network host Chris Balish, went to Jin Sung Choi for outstanding animation for his film “Entering the Mind Through the Mouth”; Oscar Bucher for outstanding docu for “Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story”; Gregg Helvey for the triumph of the spirit award for “Kavi”; Sebastian Davis for production excellence for “Magellan”; Alexandra Fisher for the audience impact award for “Desert Wedding”; and Thabo Wolfaardt for the director’s choice award for his pic “Joburg”. The 27 finalists were selected from more than 550 submissions representing 185 film schools and 30 countries. The student pics will be unspooled during afternoon and evening screenings.