Redstone Film Festival
What is the Redstone Film Festival?
Alumni Short Film submission due: March 7
The annual Redstone Film Festival is held each spring and is sponsored by Sumner Redstone, Chairman of VIACOM. The awards for the festival winners are sponsored by Canon, Avid and Gary Fleder and Scott Rosenberg. The festival is recognized as one of New England’s premiere film and television venues. The Redstone Film Festival features film projects written and directed by graduate and undergraduate students from the Boston University’s College of Communication. Over the years, Redstone winners and finalists have turned out to be some of America’s most successful directors, screenwriters and producers. Many films screened at the Redstone festival have been nominated and won in film festivals all around the world. Two have even earned Academy Award nominations. Redstone Film Festival winners include:
- Gary Fleder, Director (Vegas, Runaway Jury)
- Joe Roth, Producer (Snow White and the Huntsman, Alice in Wonderland)
- Lauren Ivy Chiong, Director (Testament)
- Richard Gladstein, Producer (Finding Neverland, The Bourne Identity)
- Robert Patton-Spruill, Producer/Director (Squeeze, Body Count)
- Scott Rosenberg, Screenwriter (Con Air, Beautiful Girls)
- Steve Brill (The Mighty Ducks, Heavy Weights)
The annual Redstone Film Festival premieres on the BU campus each February and travels to New York and Los Angeles in the spring. The Boston festival is highly anticipated each year, playing to a sell-out audience of students and friends from across the BU community. Redstone film awards are sponsored by Canon, Avid and Gary Fleder and Scott Rosenberg. Prizes will include Canon cameras and accessories, Avid and ProTools software, and MacBook Pro computers for the screenplay winners.
- First place
- Second place
- Third place
- Best Cinematography
- Best Screenplay
- Best Editing
- Best Sound Design
- Best Alumni Short Film (Los Angeles only)
The New York City festival is primarily an alumni event and offers BU alumni in the New York area the opportunity to view the finalists and winners from the Boston festival. Hosted at the Viacom Theatre in Times Square, it provides a unique opportunity for students to showcase their films to other members of the BU network.
The three-part festival concludes in Los Angeles for an audience of alumni and BU in LA students. The finalist films from Boston compete again, judged by a West Coast panel of industry experts. The LA festival also offers alumni filmmakers the opportunity to enter the alumni short competition.
Other Prizes and Grants Awarded at the Festival
Fleder/Rosenberg Short Screenplay Contest
COM alumni Gary Fleder and Scott Rosenberg sponsor a contest to recognize the best short screenplay scripts. Prizes as follows:
- 1st place: $1,250
- 2nd place: $750
- 3rd place: $500
Fleder/Rosenberg Script Competition Rules
- Open to all currently enrolled COM students.
- Limit one entry per student.
- Must be properly formatted.
- 20 pages or less in length.
- The script must be original, no adaptations (unless you own the rights to the property or it is in the public domain).
- E-mail your scripts to: email@example.com, with subject heading: “Fleder/Rosenberg”
- No paper submissions will be accepted.
In submitting your entries please create two PDF files of your script. The first one should include a title page, bearing your name, the title and your e-mail address. The second file containing only the title and the script itself, your name should not appear anywhere in the second script.
Adrienne Shelly Production Grant
A $5,000 award given to a promising COM female director.
2014 REDSTONE BOSTON WINNERS
|Prize||Winner’s Name||Film Title|
|1st Place||Yuwen Jiang||Ears of Cherry|
|2nd Place||Kate Brown||Our Way Out|
|3rd Place||Maura Smith||Dear Santa|
|Best Sound Design||Paul Villanova||Octopus|
|Best Cinematography||Jim Dandee||The Observer|
|Best Editing||Yuwen Jiang||Ears of Cherry|
|Best Screenplay||Luke Shields||Leftovers|
2014 REDSTONE LOS ANGELES WINNERS
|Prize||Winner’s Name||Film Title|
|Alumni Short Film Contest||Elisabeth Kiernan Averick (CFA ’13)||Six Train|
See a complete list of past Redstone winners.