SLOIFF AFI Scholarship Since 2005, the SLOIFF has donated a portion of our festival proceeds to fund an annual SLOIFF Future Filmmaker Scholarship to the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory. AFI trains the next generation of filmmakers at its world-renowned Conservatory in Los Angeles. In addition, AFI maintains America’s film heritage and explores new digital technologies in entertainment and education.
Our 2013/14 scholarship recipient is Justin Kane, a native of Santa Cruz. He looks forward to sharing his thesis film with our festival audiences at the 2014 SLOIFF. Here is a little information about Kevin:
Justin was born and raised in Northern California. After receiving his BA in Film from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2006, he moved to Los Angeles where he is a director of photography for narrative films and music videos. In 2010, Justin shot the short film A SUMMER HOME; an audience favorite for its strong visual motifs of nature, family, and self-recognition. In 2011, Justin shot WONDER VALLEY, a visceral film that premiered at the Maryland Film Festival and online with Filter Magazine. Justin is currently finishing up studies for his MFA in Cinematography at the American Film Institute. His 35mm Thesis film, INTERSTATE, received honorable awards and support from Kodak, FotoKem, and Panavision. INTERSTATE has recently wrapped photography and will deliver to festivals in late 2013.
The SLOIFF is dedicated to educating it’s audiences about how films are made and during the 2014 SLOIFF, there will be a wide range of Behind-the-Scenes panels featuring some amazingly talented and experienced individuals. The SLOIFF also offers summer filmmaking workshops for young people! Click here for more information.