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What are the Redstones?

The Redstones is a BU student film festival 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 Redstones feature film projects written and directed by graduate and undergraduate students from the Boston University’s Department of Film and Television. Over the years, Redstones winners and finalists have turned out to be some of America’s most successful directors, screenwriters and producers. Many films screened at the Redstones festival have been nominated and won in film festivals all around the world. Two have even earned Academy Award nominations.

SELECTED PAST WINNERS:

  • Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie, Co-Directors and Co-Screenwriters (Uncut Gems, recipient of Independent Spirit Award for Best Director and chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2019)
  • Gary Fleder, Writer and Producer (Homefront, Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector)
  • Henry Hughes, Director (Day One, Academy Award nomination for Best Short Film 2015)
  • Nora Grossman, Producer (The Imitation Game, nominations for the Academy Award for Best Picture, the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture)
  • Chiemi Karasawa, Director and Producer (Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me)
  • Richard Gladstein, Producer (The Hateful Eight, Cider House Rules, Finding Neverland, The Bourne Identity with two-time Academy Award nominations for Best Film film)
  • Scott Rosenberg, Screenwriter (High Fidelity, Con Air, Beautiful Girls, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: New Series)
  • Jennifer Getzinger, Director (MadMen)

 

The Redstones Festival premieres on the BU campus each March and travels to Los Angeles in April. The Boston festival is highly anticipated each year, playing to a sold-out audience of students and friends from across the BU community. The Redstones 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.


Listeners’ producer Joseph Dwyer (COM’14), Adaptation’s Emily Sheehan (COM’15), and You Are Here’s Wes Palmer (COM’16) accepted the top awards at the 2016 Redsone Film Festival. Photo by Justin Saglio/BU Today
Listeners’ producer Joseph Dwyer (COM’14), Adaptation’s Emily Sheehan (COM’15), and You Are Here’s Wes Palmer (COM’16) accepted the top awards at the 2016 Redsone Film Festival. Photo by Justin Saglio/BU Today

Award categories:

  • Best Film (First, Second, Third Place)
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Editing
  • Best Sound Design
  • Fleder/Rosenberg Best Short Screenplay
  • Adrienne Shelly Production Grant

The two-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: $1,500
  • 2nd place: $1,000
  • 3rd place: $750
Lucy Gamades (COM'18) addresses the audience after receiving first place in the Fleder-Rosenberg short screenplay contest
Lucy Gamades (COM’18) addresses the audience after receiving first place in the Fleder-Rosenberg short screenplay contest

  • Open to all currently enrolled Film & TV majors and minors.
  • 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: filmtv@bu.edu, 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. Submissions not adhering to this will be returned.
Deadline for submission is Thursday, January 3, 2019.

2020 Redstones Boston Winners

Prize Winner’s Name Film Title
1st Place Derin Kiyak, director; Songxin Xie, producer Off Beat
2nd Place Rachel Walden, director; Neil Sauvage, producer Tuck
3rd Place – TIE Kevin Rogers, director; Kevin Rogers & Eric Moots, producer Tides
3rd Place – TIE Emad Barakat, director; Songxin Xie,, producer Pennybrook Rd.
Best Sound Design Matthew Buckley Off Beat
Best Cinematography Saad Yousuf Tides
Best Editing Emad Barakat & Carlos Garcia Pennybrook Rd.
Best Screenplay Derin Kiyak Off Beat
Adience Award Winner Director, Emad Barakat; Writer, Arianna Andrews; Producer, Songxin Xie; Director of Photography, Roy de la Maza. Pennybrook Rd

2020 Redstones Los Angeles Winners

Best Sound Design – TIEMarcus DembrinskyTuckBest Editing – TIENick Sweetser & Luca Balser,Tuck

Prize Winner’s Name Film Title
1st Place Derin Kiyak, director; Songxin Xie, producer Off Beat
2nd Place Kevin Rogers, director; Kevin Rogers & Eric Moots, producer Tides
3rd Place Rachel Walden, director; Neil Sauvage, producer Tuck
Best Sound Design – TIE Matthew Buckley Off Beat
Best Cinematography Saad Yousuf Tides
Best Editing – TIE Songxin Xie Off Beat
Best Screenplay Derin Kiyak Off Beat
Alumni Short Raouf Zaki, director Santa Claus in Baghdad
Alumni Short Dillon Hayes, director-editor; Julia F. Grimm, producer All I Have To Offer You Is Me
Alumni Short Erik Lee, writer/director Wide Awake in Bridgeport

2020 Fleder Rosenberg Short Screenplay Contes

  1. Three Dinners by Anna Spier
  2. The Huntsmen by Jonathan Ollom
  3. The Bloody Trinity by Aisha Sheikh

The Film and Television Studies Award for Innovative Scholarship – 2020

  • Elizabeth Walters
  • Shannon Sweeney

2019 Redstones Boston Winners

Prize Winner’s Name Film Title
1st Place Carter Zhao, director; Carter Zhao & Eric Moots, producers The Day Off
2nd Place Travis Newsad, director; Lelai Givens, producer The Bartender
3rd Place Derek Matar, director; Jimmy Bie, producer The Badge
Best Sound Design Rebecca Marti The Bartender
Best Cinematography Darian Stansbury The Bartender
Best Editing Nick Sweetser & Travis Newsad The Bartender
Best Screenplay Edward Howarth & Carter Zhao The Day Off

2019 Redstones Los Angeles Winners

Prize Winner’s Name Film Title
1st Place Travis Newsad, director; Lelai Givens, producer The Bartender
2nd Place Derek Matar, director; Jimmy Bie, producer The Badge
3rd Place Carter Zhao, director; Carter Zhao & Eric Moots, producers The Day Off
Best Sound Design Rebecca Marti The Bartender
Best Cinematography Darian Stansbury The Bartender
Best Editing Nick Sweetser & Travis Newsad The Bartender
Best Screenplay Joe Apatow The Bartender
Best Alumni Short Lisa Taback Period. End of Sentence.

2018 Redstones Boston Winners

Prize Winner’s Name Film Title
1st Place Wes Palmer The Boswell Incident
2nd Place Melissa Bennett Butterflies
3rd Place Luke Catena The Shepherd
Best Sound Design Wes Palmer The Boswell Incident 
Best Cinematography Luke Catena The Shepherd
Best Editing Luke Catena The Shepherd
Best Screenplay Wes Palmer The Boswell Incident

2018 Redstones Los Angeles Winners

Prize Winner’s Name Film Title
1st Place Melissa Bennett Butterflies
2nd Place Luke Catena The Shepherd
3rd Place Wes Palmer The Boswell Incident
Best Sound Design Luke Catena The Shepherd
Best Cinematography Luke Catena The Shepherd
Best Editing Luke Catena The Shepherd
Best Screenplay Melissa Bennett Butterflies
Best Alumni Short Raouf Zaki Fireflies

2017 Redstones Boston Winners

Prize Winner’s Name Film Title
1st Place Emily Sheehan Borderline
2nd Place Wes Palmer Pick Your Own
3rd Place Derin Kiyak Instincts
Best Sound Design Emily Sheehan Borderline
Best Cinematography Emily Sheehan Borderline
Best Editing Emily Sheehan Borderline
Best Editing (tie) Wes Palmer Pick Your Own
Best Screenplay Emily Sheehan Borderline
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