Students Vie for $10,000 Angelus Award

The 8th annual Angelus Awards Student Film Festival has selected 21 finalists from around the world for their achievements in filmmaking, animation and documentary works. The college or graduate-level students were chosen from more than 470 submissions.

Six winners will be chosen and honored during the 2003 Angelus Awards ceremony and screening on Oct. 25 at the Director’s Guild of America in Hollywood. More than $23,000 in cash prizes will be awarded, including the prestigious $10,000 Patrick Peyton Excellence in Filmmaking Award, one of the highest cash awards for student filmmakers. A total of 57 semi-finalists was selected in a number of categories.

Monika Moreno, director of the Angelus Awards comments, "Each finalist’s film depicts core values such as equality, dignity, spirituality and hope, and we are thrilled to support the inspiring filmmakers who created them."

The 2003 Spirit of Angelus Award will be bestowed posthumously on Gregory Peck, who died June 12 at the age of 87. During the Oct. 25 ceremony, his widow, Veronique Peck, will accept the award and address the young filmmakers.

Honorary Committee members for the festival include Nicole Kidman, John Travolta, Harrison Ford, Angelica Huston, Garry Marshall, LeVar Burton, Dame Judi Dench, Patricia Heaton, Hector Elizondo, Joan Van Ark, Frank Oz, Kevin Dobson and Lupe Ontiveros.

Offering their support as sponsors are Final Draft, FotoKem, Fujifilm, Loews Cineplex, Mole-Richardson Co., Priddy Bros. Prods. and Michael Wiese Prods.

In the Animation category, the nominees are Cretaceous Christmas by Cal Arts student David Derrick, Little Red Plane by Art Center College of Design students Wira Winata and Joey Jones, Requiem by Roger Oda of UCLA Animation Workshop, Snout by Tilmann Vogt at FH Maine, Germany and A Work in Progress by Wes Ball of Florida State University. Tickets to the 2003 Angelus Awards ceremony are free of charge and available by calling 323-874-6633. More information is available from the Angelus Awards website,