Syfy and Columbia Create Award for Top Student Filmmaker

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Thu, 04/29/2010 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Syfy and Columbia University School of the Arts have announced the creation of the Syfy Imagine Greater Development Award which will be awarded to the top student filmmaker in the Columbia University School of Arts Graduate Film Program whose project best exemplifies creativity and imagination. 
The 2010 award will be presented during the Columbia University Film Festival on May 7 at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in New York City. In addition to mentoring from Syfy programming executives the winner will receive $10 000 towards the production of their film produced as a requirement for the MFA degree from Columbia University School of the Arts. The winning film will be screened at the 2011 Columbia University Film Festival. The three finalists for the 2010 Syfy Imagine Greater Development Award are: Elisa Lleras producer and Simao Cayette director/writer for The Trip
 Esra Saydam producer and Christina Choe director/writer for I am John Wayne
 Gerry Kim producer and Stephanie Wu director/writer for Green Plastic Sandals
 Thomas Vitale Syfy’s executive vice president programming and original movies says “As one of television’s most prolific producers of original movies Syfy is delighted to partner with Columbia University School of the Arts to mentor an aspiring filmmaker from Columbia’s prestigious program.”

 “Columbia University School of the Arts could not have a better collaborator than Syfy to help the careers of our talented students ” said Jamal Joseph Professor and Chair Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program. “Syfy’s commitment to bringing great storytelling to the public through the medium of film fits perfectly with the School of the Arts’ mission to nurture great storytellers.  We are thrilled to welcome Syfy as a partner for our Film Festival.” Columbia Film Program alumni include 2010 Best Director and Best Picture Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker Point Break) Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry Stop-Loss) James Mangold (Walk the Line 3:10 to Yuma) and Albert Berger (Little Miss Sunshine Hamlet 2). Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series events blockbuster movies classic science fiction and fantasy programming a dynamic Web site and a portfolio of adjacent business Syfy Ventures Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel and currently in more than 96 million homes Syfy is a network of NBC Universal one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine Greater.)