Nationally recognized films screen at upcoming CCA Film Festival in Carmel Valley


A 2013 LA Film Festival selection and a national high school film festival honoree, both created by Canyon Crest Academy students, will be featured in the 7th Annual CCA Film Festival on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. in the Proscenium Theater. The film festival is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Envision Cinema Conservatory program at CCA. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students at the door.

Any student at Canyon Crest Academy can enter a five-minute or less short film into the festival in one of five categories: Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, or Music Video. Industry judges watch the films and select a winner in every category plus an overall winner. An audience choice winner is also selected at the festival. This year, ArcLight Cinemas of La Jolla and CCA parents donated the festival prizes.

The films’ topics range from a documentary film about a homeless man to a narrative film about the life of a ceiling fan to a comedy about the seven deadly sins living in a house together. Many of the films are produced by Envision students during the program’s after-school hours, including “Erasing the Lines,” a combination live action and animated film recently selected for the 2013 LA Film Festival’s Future Filmmaker showcase, and “The Making of The Echo of Dracula,” a documentary that has been selected for the 2013 Delta Moon Student Film Festival.

“Erasing the Lines” was created by students Alexander Powell, Addy Chan, Richard Liu and Jennifer Smart and is the fourth CCA film to be featured in the LA Film Festival in five years.

Students Brandon Chase, Allan Duan, Alvin Lin and Jason Phillips made “Echo of Dracula,” a documentary following students preparing and performing in a CCA Envision dance production. The Delta Moon Student Festival showcases the top works from students nationwide in Walnut Creek. The documentary will make its premiere at the CCA Film Fest.

After the film festival, people will be able to watch the overall winner of the festival and all of this year’s Envision Cinema Conservatory films through the program website:

The website also features the program’s CCA-TV 100th episode special, recorded at the NBC 7 studio in downtown San Diego.