Brooks Institute Team Wins Santa Barbara International Film Festival Student ’10-10-10′ Competition

February 11, 2013

Brooks Institute 10-10-10

Kevin Huang, film student at Brooks Institute in Ventura, Calif., won the director’s award during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Jan 3, 2013. He is part of a group of students selected from local high schools and colleges to create 10 films in 10 days, each 10 minutes in length. (Photo by Karen Castillo Farfan/Brooks Institute ©2013)

Congratulations to Brooks alumnus Kevin Huang, who won best-directed film in the recent 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition presented at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). This is the third year in a row that a Brooks Institute team has taken first place in this competition.

The Santa Barbara News Press described Huang’s entry, “Sunset on Cabrillo Blvd,” as a “mockumentary featuring local ‘celebrity’ appearances (including SCENE’s own Josef Woodard), fancy graphics, numerous locations and Hollywood-level cinematography.”

Sponsored this year by Final Draft and Business First Bank,  the 10-10-10 competition was developed by SBIFF in 2004 as part of its educational program. To enter, students enrolled in Santa Barbara high schools and colleges submit a sample of their best writing or five-minute sample of a film they have directed. Five screenwriters and five directors from both high school and college are then chosen to participate in the competition and are paired with industry professionals for mentorship during the process.

The filmmakers put together a crew and produce a 10-minute film during the 10 days of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. They present it for a screening at the Lobero Theatre on the last day of the festival.

This year, Brooks Institute had two crews participating in this competition: Writer Mia Bolten and Director Nick Funk along with Director of Photography Zach Bobbitt were one team, and the winning film was directed by a Brooks team including Huang, Director of Photography Daniel Rink and Editor Hayden Johnson.

Brooks Institute 10-10-10

(From left) Francesca Giuliano, Dan Rink, Kevin Huang, Orod Motamedi, Edmond Smith and Tony Calvis pause on the red carpet outside of The Arlington Theater en route to seeing their winning best-directed short film (college level) screen for the closing night ceremonies at The Arlington Theater as part of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. (© Hilary Swift 2013)

Brooks students also comprised both crews in the categories of sound, art direction, grip, electric, production and post production staff.

Huang – who earned his BFA in Film at Brooks in December 2012 – and his winning team were invited to screen their film at SBIFF’s closing-night celebration at the beautiful Arlington Theatre, one of the state’s historic movie palaces. They walked the red carpet and then were escorted to the reserved seats.

Congratulations once again to all of our winners and participants!