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Film Production Student Success

Our film production students have found success in Georgia’s thriving film industry, earning awards and recognition for filmmaking and screenwriting.


Film production majors competed with films made by students at over 50 other universities including Emory University, Stanford, New York University, and others in Campus Movie Fest's Terminus competition in summer 2020.  A team of CSU Film majors won the national award for "Best Visual Effects" for their film, "Double Tap Me."

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Film production major, Kayla Marcus's senior capstone film, "Nothing but the Truth" was a semi-finalist in the 2020 Top Shorts Film Festival, and winner of awards of merit for Directing, Editing, and Cinematography from the Southern Shorts Awards. Her film is also an official selection of the New York International Film Awards, and the Lift Off Global Network.


Film production major, David-Dennis Morgan was awarded an Honorable Mention award by the L.A. International Film Festivals Indie Short Fest for his senior capstone film, "Perfect." 

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Film Production major, Celeste Smith, won multiple awards and recognition for her short screenplay, “Moonlight Blues.” The script recently won “Best Short Script” at the Independent Shorts Awards, the “Outstanding Achievement Award: Short Script” from the Cult Critic Movie Awards and an “Honorable Mention: Short Script” from the New York Movie Awards. The script was also a finalist at the European International Film Festival and the Rome Independent Prisma Awards and was an Official Selection of the Austin Screenplay Awards

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Film production major Marina Hernandez-Gomez was selected to be an intern for Univision in Los Angeles for summer 2019.While in Los Angeles, Marina also participated in the Academy Gold  program.  She attended industry panels and events and was mentored by a Visual Effects Producer, Joyce Cox.  Marina writes of her mentor that "Some of her work has been in the films TitanicThe Great GatsbyAvatar, and The Jungle Book."  Marina says that it was "an exceptional experience filled with unforgettable memories at Univision and The Academy Gold Program. I gained first-hand knowledge of working in the entertainment industry, while growing personally and professionally towards my career goals in the Visual Effects department." Watch a video about Marina's experience here.

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