First-ever Avid Awards Honor USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Top Film Students

Avid Blogs by Sara Griggs

The Oscars may be the biggest night in Hollywood – and certainly a big night for Avid’s talented community – but the USC First Look Film Festival and Avid Awards showcase the cream of the crop for the film students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, one of the most prestigious schools in the country. This year, Avid collaborated with USC to launch the first-ever Avid Awards as part of their dual commitment to educating the innovative filmmakers of tomorrow.

The Avid Awards recognize USC’s top film students and the creative work regularly created there. The winners were announced at an elegant ceremony at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Theater in West Hollywood.

Lee Whitmore, director of creative marketing at Avid, presented the Avid Awards to directors Kari Barber for The Fifth Horseman; Andrew Nackman for Paulie; and Ross Cohen for Willowbrook. The Audience Award was given to director Yili Li for How to Change the World. Other finalists in the contest include director Jonathan Langager for Josephine and the Roach; director Erik Howell for Elie’s Overcoat; and director David Aristizabal for A Second Chance.

The ceremony capped off USC’s weekend-long First Look Festival, which showcased 41 student-made short films from the Film & Television Production Division and the Peter Stark Producing Program. The majority of the films were cut with Avid editing solutions, including the industry’s preeminent nonlinear editing solution, Media Composer. read more...

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