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SONscreen Film Festival Sonny Award Winning Films Announced

by Costin Jordache

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Jesse Churchill and Erik Edstrom, top Sonny Award winners  
The 2015 SONscreen Film Festival's "Best in Show" and "Best Dramatic Short" Sonny Awards went to Walla Walla University seniors Erik Edstrom, IT major; and Jesse Churchill, Theology major. Neither of them have never taken a class in videography. To the great astonishment of attendees, they spent only $600 to produce their winning video, The Way, a modern retelling of the apostle Paul's redemption.

Other top winners were Mark Comberiate, Nick Lindsay, and Dillan Forsey from Southern Adventist University, whose film, I Will Not Fear, won the "Audience Choice," "Best Documentary Short," and "Best Cinematography" Sonny Awards. The "Jury Selection" award went to The Pilot, by Mark Soderblom of Pacific Union College; "Best Animated Short" was awarded for A Day With Granny, by Jason Dull of Southern Adventist University; "Best High School Short" went to Just Milk by Summer Medina from Redlands Adventist Academy; and awards for "Best Screenplay" and "Best Sound Design" went to Tim Tran of Saddleback College (a non-Adventist college) for Lord, Hear My Prayer.

  Sonny Award winners from the 2015 SONscreen Festival

This year's SONscreen Film Festival, sponsored by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists® (NAD), was held April 2–4 in the award-winning building of the Zapara School of Business on the campus of La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif. There were 145 students, teachers and others, registered for this year’s event, in addition to guests who attended evening and weekend screenings. Eight of our Adventist® colleges and academies were represented along with one non-Adventist college.

The SONscreen Film Festival is an annual event organized through affiliation with the NAD. It exists to encourage college students to excel in using their talents for positive filmmaking.  See the list of all 2015 Sonny Award winners.

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