The Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films is the largest statewide film competition and award show for Florida student filmmakers, graphic designers and digital media artists. The juried competition recognizes outstanding high school and college students by presenting more than $20,000 in scholarships and awards in the following categories: Documentary, Music Video, College & High School Feature/Shorts, Animation, Commercial/PSA, Environmental PSA, Screenwriting, Poster Design, and the Education PSA. Honoring the late acting and directing legend, Burt Reynolds, the SSOF will continue to endow a scholarship bearing his name, memorializing his legacy as a staunch advocate for education.

Each year, the submitted films are judged by top industry professionals from around the globe and competition finalists are honored at a sizzling live awards show in April 2021 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Student filmmakers who are unable to attend the awards show will be asked to create an award acceptance video to be shown at the event.

*FilmFreeway is only part of the submission process. You must also visit the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission website to submit your APPLICATION and PROOF of Florida student status.

FOR FLORIDA STUDENTS ONLY!

For full details on the awards, prizes, rules & terms, and application process please visit www.pbfilm.com/ssof.

College Feature/Short Film Award
Open to Florida College students.
First Place $2000, Second Place $1500, Third Place $1250.
Films must be 30 minutes or less. Funds will be awarded to the submitting school.

High School Feature/Short Film Award
Open to Florida High School Students.
First Place $1500, Second Place $1000, Third Place $750.
Films must be 30 minutes or less. Funds will be awarded to the submitting school.

Burt Reynolds Scholarship
Open to Palm Beach County, Florida High School Seniors Only.
$5000 Award.
Funds will be awarded in the student's name.

Sara Fuller Scholarship
Awarded to the runner-up in the Burt Reynolds Scholarship category.
$1000 Award.
Funds will be awarded in the student's name.

Documentary Award
Open to Florida High School and Florida College Students.
$1000 Award.
Films must be 3 to 25 minutes. Funds will be awarded to the submitting student.

Music Video Award
Open to Florida High School and Florida College Students.
$1000 Award.
Videos must be 5 minutes or less. Funds will be awarded to the submitting school.

Animation Award
Open to Florida High School and Florida College Students.
$1000 Award.
Films must be 30 minutes or less. Funds will be awarded to the submitting school.

Education PSA Award
Open to Florida High School and Florida College Students.
$1000 Award.
Videos must be 30 or 60 seconds or less. Funds will be awarded to the submitting school.

Environmental PSA Award
Open to Florida High School and Florida College Students.
$1000 Award.
Videos must be 30 or 60 seconds or less. Funds will be awarded to the submitting.

Commercial/PSA Award
Open to Florida High School and Florida College Students.
$750 Award.
Videos must be 30 or 60 seconds or less. Funds will be awarded to the submitting school.

Screenwriting Award
Open to Florida High School and Florida College Students.
$500 Award.
All work must be original. Adaptations are not permissible. Submissions must be a screenplay of 5 - 20 pages; in any genre. Funds will be awarded in the student's name.

Poster Design Award
Open to Florida High School and Florida College Students
$750 Award.
Funds will be awarded in the artist's name.

Poster design entries CANNOT be submitted through FilmFreeway. Please visit www.pbfilm.com/studentshowcaseoffilms for information on how to submit in this category.

FOR FLORIDA STUDENTS ONLY!

ENTRY IS A THREE STEP PROCESS:

Step 1 - Complete the online application at www.pbfilm.com/ssof-application-step-1

Step 2 - Upload the proper signatures and a copy of your FLORIDA student I.D. at pbfilm.com/ssof-application-step-2

Step 3 - Upload your project through FilmFreeway

Projects must have been completed between January 2019 and January 2020 to be eligible

FOR FLORIDA STUDENTS ONLY

For all rules and regulations, please visit: www.pbfilm.com/ssof

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  • Alyssa Stephens

    Unfortunately because of the virus we could not attend the showcase, Congratulations to all the winners!

    April 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Alyssa! We truly regretted not having our live award show, but there is always next year! We hope to see you again!

  • The Student Showcase of Films is SO much fun not only for nominees but for the students who attend from all across Palm Beach County. I was a Burt Reynolds Scholarship nominee in 2019 and was treated exceptionally before, during, and after the actual festival. It was my first experience at an event l like this and one I will never forget.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Val! You are an exceptional person and you make Palm Beach County proud! We know you'll go far!

  • Matthew Baquero

    The PBIFF Student Showcase of Films ceremony was an incredibly wonderful experience. Communication between myself and the festival organizers leading up to the event was easy and helpful. The pre and post-show events were an amazing opportunity for networking. The show itself was conducted perfectly. I feel honored to have been apart of such an amazing festival. I highly recommend it to every student filmmaker in the state of Florida.

    April 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Matthew - the very first recipient of the Vanilla Ice Music Video Award! Hope to see some more amazing stuff from UF in 2019! Excellent work!

  • Molly Smith

    Fantastic ceremony! My school did an overnight trip to the festival and we all had a great time. Awesome prizes, professional, and a great experience. This will definitely become a tradition at my school.

    April 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Molly! We're so glad Monteverde Academy attended the showcase this year, we loved having you guys! Your award in screenwriting was WELL DESERVED! Fantastic work!

  • I had no idea what to expect going into the festival, but it was wonderful! The hospitality was great along with the whole awards ceremony. Definitely glad we got to be a part of it.

    April 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Bravo George! You and Chris Fodde created an incredile film! More accolades are coming your way! Hope to see Miami Dade return next year!