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Winners named at SCV Film Fest

Posted: January 12, 2011 11:04 p.m.
Updated: January 13, 2011 4:55 a.m.

Geno Doucette, of Castaic Middle School, took home the award for Best Junior High School Film “Go For Broke.” The SCV Film Festival ran three days and played to sold-out houses.

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The sixth annual Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival attracted nearly 40 films from all categories of filmmakers, from elementary school-age children to independent professionals.

Sold-out houses at the Repertory East Playhouse were reported by the film festival founders Jennifer Fischer and Ramon Hamilton.

“It couldn’t have gone better,” said Fischer.

Two winners were named in the High School Film category, Hannah Sullivan and Tanner Cusumano.

“The entire film festival was a great experience,” said Sullivan.

“This was a great festival, I really love these guys. I can’t thank them enough for this,” said Cusumano. “It was really exciting.”

Geno Doucette was in the theater to accept his award for Best Junior High School Film against five competitors. His film was titled “Go For Broke.”

“I was really surprised to win,” he said.

Festival award winners:

Script 2 Screen: “Valum”

Junior High School: “Go for Broke” by Geno Doucette of Castaic Middle School.

High School: A tie between “Love...Forever and Always” by Hannah Sullivan from Pacific Coast High School in Tustin and “Amanda” by Tanner Cusumano of Sierra Canyon High School, of Chatsworth.

Film on Film: “Grandma’s House” by Arend Steenbergen, of the Netherlands.

Documentary: “Speaker’s Corner” by Gavin White from San Francisco.

Best Short Film: “History of Space Flight” by Chris Caraballo, Douglas Jessup and Lea Dizon.

Independent Spirit Award: “Long Story Short” by Ryan Darst and Whit Hertford, Matt Shadow, Ryan Darst and Nora Kirkpatrick.

Winners received trophies, as well as a variety of filmmaking software packages. Fuji Film presented nearly $1,500 in film to the Film on Film winner.

For information about the SCV Film Festival visit


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