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Digital Days 2004 Teen Filmmaker Awards Announced

Digital Days 2004, at the 19th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, has announced the winners for the Teen Filmmaker program.

The winners are:* Amanda Weiss, SOMEONE'S ROCKING MY DREAMBOAT, Cal Arts, Valencia, California* Cole Sanchez, FRIDGE, Rancho Marrieta, California* Carolyn Chrisman, ASCENSION RITES, Anacapa School, Santa Barbara, California * Austin Madison, BOY MEETS REX, Sacramento, California* Daniel Howard, JAI YEN-COOL HEART, Downtown Community TV, NYC, New York* Spencer McCall, THE MAKING OF THE HOBBIT, Truckee, California* Spencer McCall THE HOBBIT, Truckee, California* Joseph Dietsch, THE FIELD, Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara, California* Brandy Crane, BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, Baton Rogue, Louisiana

Winners received more than $15,000 in software awards supplied by Apple Computer, Adobe, Avid, Discreet, Macromedia and Canon video. More than 125 submissions were received from around the world including eight Santa Barbara area schools.

Of note is Brandy Crane's BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, which is a feature length film and two-time winner Joe Dietsch was awarded Avid DV Xpress and a one week scholarship to Digital Days of Summer Camp and Carolyn Chrisman was awarded Macromedia Studio Mx. Honorable Mention awards went to Crane School, Santa Barbara Jr. High, Santa Barbara Charter Middle School, Santa Barbara Middle School and Washington School.

Digital Days, now in its 6th year, is an interactive Digital showcase and forum and has served as the technical and educational outreach for SBIFF. For more information, visit www.digitaldaysfest.com or www.sbfilmfestival.org.

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