Fierberg Student Film Award



Both Morris and Roz were actively involved in the development of the Rehoboth Beach Film Society and its award-winning Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. In the Festival’s early years, their retail skills were instrumental in starting a Merchandise Booth. They also assisted with reviewing films, recruiting additional volunteers, and encouraging others to attend the Festival. Being quite resourceful, Roz and Morris persuaded two of their sons, Andy and Stephen, to participate by facilitating seminars, allowing their films to be exhibited, and conducting Q&A sessions after film screenings. The involvement of the Fierberg family is greatly appreciated.

The Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award was established in 2004 in memory of Morris Fierberg. The fund’s name was expanded to include Roslyn just prior to her passing in 2010. 
The purpose of this award program is to encourage student film production by acknowledging the outstanding work of a student film director. Full-time high school or undergraduate students from the United States are eligible to participate.

Each year a review panel consisting of a Fierberg family member or representative, a teacher or professional in the film production area or art field, a current high school or college student, and the Film Society’s Education/Outreach Coordinator screen each submission and rate the films on originality, execution, technical proficiency, and overall quality. Award recipients are announced in October each year. The first place award is a $1,000 cash prize and the Honorable Mention award is a $250 gift card.
(Click here to donate to the Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award.)

 

To Participate

Include a completed 2020 Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award application (Click for the 2019 application) AND meet the following application requirements:

  • The applicant must be the director of the film.

  • The applicant must be a registered, full-time high school or undergraduate student at the time of the film’s production.

  • The applicant must maintain full-time residence in the United States.

  • A supervising faculty member must endorse applicant’s entry form.

  • The competing film(s) must have been made during the period of September 1, 2019 and the submission due date of June 15, 2020.

  • Dramas, comedies, documentaries and experimental films are all eligible. However, purely animated films are not. Judges reserve the right to decide on a film’s eligibility based on these guidelines.

  • Eligible films are those in which every major crew position was held by a student. Productions in which a non-student, professional, or a faculty member served as a cinematographer, camera operator, sound recordist, editor, lighting director or screenwriter are not eligible.

  • Entries should be no longer than 30 minutes in length. Longer films may be submitted, but only the first 30 minutes will be viewed by the judging panel.

  • Entry deadline: All submissions must be received at the RBFS office by 5:00 pm, June 15, 2020. The winner and the honorable mention will be notified on or about August 20, 2020

  • Entries must be on Blu-ray and labeled with name, address, phone number and film title (submit 3 copies).

  • Please provide Vimeo and/or YouTube link to film.


2019 Recipients

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is pleased to introduce Kristopher Chinander, the 2019 Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award recipient.

A beautiful place exists in the creative minds of the Livingston Model Railroad Club. Kristopher’s short documentary Model Citizen lulls the viewer into the serene world of model railroads with immersive cinematography, a fantasy-like soundscape, and its charming club members.

From Minnesota to Montana, Kristopher Chinander sought out a life in paleontology and found his path in film while studying at Montana State University, Bozeman. He uses his experiences in various fields to help identify interesting stories and wishes to share as much as he can with the world through moviemaking.

2019 Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award Honorable Mention – Connor Hagan

Abby’s Rose is a romantic short that explores the power of patience as a man yearns for the love of his new neighbor. Taking place in 1917, this film blends the delicacy of purity with the desire of temptation. Over a single year, Abby must decide the importance of the present versus the future that lies ahead.

At a young age, Connor Hagan began creating short films in his hometown of Newark, Delaware. Wanting to pursue filmmaking as a profession, Connor moved to Savannah, Georgia to attend The Savannah College of Art and Design. Since 2016, Connor has gained hands-on experience working professionally on over eight feature productions including, HBO’s Succession and Disney’s Lady and the Tramp. Currently Connor is living in New York City working as an associate  producer for the award winning advertising agency Droga5.

Review Panel

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society thanks the following individuals for participating in the selection process: Holden Conner, (college student and former RBFS intern), Helen Gates (retired teacher and longtime RBFS member), and Marshall Shord (Cinema Art Theater Associate).

The Film Society invites film enthusiasts, supporters of the Film Society, as well as friends and relatives of the Fierberg family to make donations to the Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award. Donor generosity will help the Film Society continue the Fierbergs’ commitment to youth and the art of filmmaking. If you are interested in making a donation to the Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award, please send a check (made payable to RBFS), 107 Truitt Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 or go to Fierberg Film Award page to donate online. All donations are 100% tax deductible and greatly appreciated.


Previous Years’ Recipients

Year

Position

Student

Film

2018

First Place

Daniel Shaykevich

Thoughts at Night

2018

Honorable Mention

Chris K. Daniels

When Mentioned

2017

First Place

Raymond Knudsen

Full Circle

2017

Honorable Mention

Justin Burt

Sink or Swim

2016

First Place

Ryan Brown

Tom, the Knife Salesman

2016

Honorable Mention

Alfred Greenbaum

Interviewers

2015

First Place

Max Radbill

Movie Palace

2015

Honorable Mention

Frederick Criswell

White Blood Cell

2014

First Place

Lizz Astor

Tank

2014

Honorable Mention

Jessica Crowell

LIfe Tracks

2013

First Place

Andrej Landin

Into the Silent Sea

2013

Honorable Mention

Owen Schwartzbard

The Bluff

2012

First Place

Sarah Rosen

Food of Love

2012

Honorable Mention

Dan Baxter

Junk Man

2011

First place

Grant Reed

Incest! The Musical

2011

Honorable Mention

Zach Wechter

Election Day

2010

First place

Cornelius Murphy

Breadwinner

2010

Honorable Mention

Matt Hilferty

Rob Roar

2009

First place

Dena Greenbaum

Blues

2009

Honorable Mention

Ben Carey

White Cane

2008

First place

William Kaufman

Blowing Smoke

2008

Honorable Mention

Nikki Zhand

Love’s A Drag

2007

First place

Andrew Pearson

Heart Attack

2007

Honorable Mention

No Honorable Mention was selected in 2007

2006

First place

Wil Hyler

So I Left

2006

Honorable Mention

Kat Hess

Racing Genes

2005

First place

Gabrielle Nadig

From Sea to Shining Screen

 

To Donate

The Film Society invites film enthusiasts, supporters of the Film Society, as well as friends and relatives of the Fierberg family to make donations to the Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award. Donor generosity will help the Film Society continue the Fierbergs’ commitment to youth and the art of filmmaking. If you are interested in making a donation to the Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award, please send a check (made payable to RBF) ►107 Truitt Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Or, you can make your donation online by clicking here. All donations are 100% tax deductible and greatly appreciated.

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Located on Delaware’s Atlantic Ocean coast in a vibrant resort town, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society promotes cinematic arts and provides education and cultural enrichment.