City Tech students take home ‘Best in Show’ at international film festival

December 1, 2015 Meaghan McGoldrick
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A team of nine City Tech students racked up two awards at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Hollywood Professional Alliance Student Film Festival in Hollywood, California on October 27.

Their five-minute film, “Building for the Future: A City Tech Tale,” traced the journey of the college’s 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon student team as they built an energy-efficient house during a two-year long international competition.

The film won second place in the “Best Portrayal of Entertainment Technology in the Film-Documentary Format” category, as well as “Best Film in Show” – an award determined by viewers at the festival.

“On behalf of all the students who worked on the film, we would really like to thank SMPTE for how well we were treated in Los Angeles. It was a fantastic experience from beginning to end,” said awardee Jonathan Burcin. “We went out there excited about just having a film in the festival and representing City Tech. We had absolutely no idea that we would win anything, much less ‘Best in Show.’

That win, he said, wouldn’t have been possible without the help of all those friends and strangers who helped fund the team’s trip to Cali via GoFundMe – as well as, of course, SMPTE.

“This is only the beginning of way bigger and better things for us in the future,” he said.

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