Locally recognized films to screen May 22 at Canyon Crest Film Festival

Gabriel Gaurano, Chris Coronado and Esteban Coronado from the film “Promise.”
Gabriel Gaurano, Chris Coronado and Esteban Coronado from the film “Promise.”

The ninth annual Canyon Crest Academy Film Festival will be held Friday, May 22 featuring a 2015 LA Film Festival student selection and films honored by the San Diego County Office of Education’s Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) Student Film Festival and Awards.

The film festival, which begins at 7 p.m., is the biggest fundraiser of the school year for the Envision Cinema Conservatory program.

Any student at CCA can enter a five-minute or less short film into one of four categories: comedy, documentary, drama or music video. Industry judges watch the films select a winner in every category plus an overall winner. An audience choice winner is also selected at the festival. CCA parents donate prizes for the winner.

The films’ topics range from a behind the scenes documentary about the Switchfoot Bro-Am concert to a narrative film about an alternate universe created from a kit. Envision students produce many of the films during the program’s after-school hours including “Promise”, a film selected for the 2015 LA Film Festival’s Future Filmmaker showcase and “Lily’s Journey”, a documentary that recently won an iVIE award.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door.

After the festival, people will be able to watch the overall winner and all of this year’s films through the program website at