Student films receive recognition at multiple festivals

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Two locally-produced student films have won prestigious film festival awards.

Light House Studio announced the awards Thursday.

"New York Festivals is highly competitive and prestigious, and we are thrilled for our students' film ':59 Seconds' to receive this award," said Deanna Gould, the executive director of Light House Studio. "It is a tribute to the hard work and creativity of our students and the strength of our program, and we are excited for their recognition and reward. And we are proud the moving short film, 'Margo,' was also recognized in so many film festivals across the country including: the Young Filmmaker Showcase at the Sarasota Film Festival, KIDSFIRST! Film Festival in Albany, Providence Children's Film Festival and the Twister Alley Film Festival."

The first film, ":59 Seconds," won the 2019 Silver World Medal in the New York Festivals World's Best TV and Film Awards.

This award honors creative excellence of films of various lengths from more than 50 countries.

It was created during a 2018 Narrative Filmmaking Workshop by Ryan Beard, Tee Dickinson, Cody Feiner, Bryan Guzman and Howman Pagola.

The animated film "Margo" won the Best Animation Award at the Sunny Side Up Film Festival in Oklahoma.

It also won an award in the REEL Expressions Film Festival, which is an international festival held in Poughkeepsie, New York.

It was created during a 2018 Summer Animated Filmmaking Workshop by Amelia Maxham, Libby Slaughter, Ben Clark, Summers Worthington, Johnny Krosby-Groner, Jhael J. Rasheed, Victoria Stiefvater, Conrad Heins, Nicholas Tennery, and Jago Gould.

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