The Gavilan College Film, Television, and Electronic Media department held its second annual Film Showcase on April 26.
More than 420 people attended the film showcase at the Gavilan Theater to view 25 student-made films.
“We have a wonderful group of students, who have a variety of interests and talents,” said Grant Richards, lead instructor of the department.
Richards said that filmmaking is a collaborative process and requires a diverse group to be successful.
Seven awards were handed out, with winners including:
- Best Actress – Sophie Warren
- Best Actor – Joseph Sanchez
- Best Editing – Honna Afzal
- Best Screenplay – Grady Fiorio
- Best Cinemantrophy – Derek May
- Best Director – Gio Silva
- Best Production Company – Giggly Dickens
Student films all start with a script and then require producers, directors, cinematographers, actors, and others to create the final product.
Richards was joined by instructors Jeronimo Garcia and Tim Ahlin, as well as Dean Fran Lozano onstage to pass out awards. Lozano helped start the film program and is retiring at the end of the semester.
Gavilan College film student Gio Silva said he got an interest in filmmaking at a young age when he used to reenact movie scenes. Silva, who is from Hollister, won Best Director and Best Production Company with Giggly Dickens, a group of student filmmakers working to produce high-quality cinematic films on YouTube.
“This is my first ever award to win and it feels amazing to be awarded for something that I put my heart and soul into,” Silva said.
Silva said that in the next year, Giggly Dickens plans to film some of their most ambitious projects.
“We want to continue to grow our fan base on YouTube and one day make it into the film industry,” he said.