COMPETITION PROGRAM

Cinema Culturas Student Storytelling and Film Competition

"Keep on Dreaming in Challenging Times"

Winners and Finalists

Cinema Culturas Storytelling and Film Student Competition seeks to encourage and enhance K-12 students’ 4 C’s of 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication. Cinema Culturas expands on this learning model by incorporating two additional C’s in its educational program: Culture and Community. Our organization’s key tenets of diversity and inclusion are observed through fun and educational forums for all students to participate via storytelling and visual dynamics of film, and having both local and global communities come together to support students. We want the youth of today to be resilient dreamers, and for all of us to create a promising and inclusive future with every story they imagine.

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Winning Short Films & Short Stories

Winning Short Films 

Winning Short Stories

Early Elementary School Students from 1st to 3rd grade

 

1st place:

 Anastasia Shinkarenko - "Magic Head"

2nd place: 

Jonathan Freeman - "How Homeschool Hotdog Became Elon Mustard"

3rd place: 

Luciana Radaelli - "La Hada Valiente"

Upper Elementary School Students from 4th and 5th grade

 

1st place: 

Lauren G. Stewart - "Silence is Violence"

2nd place:

Camilla Radaelli - "A Wonderful Dream"

3rd place: 

Elizabeth Pudussery - "Hide"

3rd place: 

Judyanne Paz - "Working Together"

Middle School Students from 6th to 8th grade

 

1st place: 

Jaidan Slowik - "Nature's Hope"

2nd place: 

Gabriela García Espinosa - "Amor de Hermanos"

2nd place: 

Hailey Jackson - "Embark"

3rd place: 

Iris Hyon - "To Lupe: a Future Teacher"

High School Students from 9th to 12th grade

 

1st place: 

Xuan-Anh Ly Biggs - "You Might Find Flowers"

2nd place: 

Gabi Bania - "Lignum Love"

2nd place: 

Eviel Arturo Bautista Santiago - "Peché, el Niño Nahúal"

3rd place: 

Liliana Molina - "Su Sueño"

3rd place: 

Tiffany Rodriguez - "Keep on Dreaming in Challenging Times"

 

WINNERS

Early Elementary School Students from 1st to 3rd grade

1st Place / Short Film

Anastasia Shinkarenko

"Magic Head"

Artistic Theme

Children's Cartoon Studio "KROK"

2nd Grade

Vishnevoe

UKRAINE, International Story

2nd Place / Short Film

Jonathan Freeman

"How Homeschool Hotdog Became Elon Mustard"

Artistic Theme

John F. Kennedy Elementary

3rd Grade

Riverside

USA

3rd Place / Short Story

Luciana Radaelli

"La Hada Valiente"

Artistic Theme

John F. Kennedy Elementary

1st Grade

Riverside

USA

Upper Elementary School Students from 4th and 5th grade

1st Place / Short Film

Lauren G. Stewart

"Silence is Violence"

Artistic Theme

Mt. View Elementary

4th Grade

Riverside

USA

2nd Place / Short Story

Camilla Radaelli

"A Wonderful Dream"

Artistic Theme

John F. Kennedy Elementary

4th Grade

Riverside

USA

3rd Place / Short Film

Judyanne Paz

"Working Together"

Artistic Theme

César Chávez Elementary

4th Grade

Thermal

USA

3rd Place / Short Story

Elizabeth Pudussery

"Hide"

Artistic Theme

Benjamin Franklin Elementary

4th Grade

Riverside

USA

Middle School Students from 6th to 8th grade

1st Place / Short Story

Jaidan Slowik

"Nature's Hope"

Artistic Theme

Riverside Virtual School

7th Grade

Riverside

USA

2nd Place / Short Film

Gabriela García Espinosa

"Amor de Hermanos"

Artistic Theme

Lázaro Cárdenas del Río

7th Grade

Mexico City

MEXICO, International Story

2nd Place / Short Story

Hailey Jackson

"Embark"

Artistic Theme

Ramona High School

7th Grade

Riverside

USA

3rd Place / Short Story

Iris Hyon

"For Lupe: A Future Teacher"

Artistic Theme

Amelia Earhart Middle School

8th Grade

Riverside

USA

High School Students from 9th to 12th grade

1st Place / Short Film

Xuan-Anh Ly Biggs

"You Might Find Flowers"

Science Theme

Polytechnic High

9th Grade

Riverside

USA

2nd Place / Short Film

Gaby Bania

"Lignum Love"

Artistic Theme

Film High School

11th Grade

Warszawa

POLAND, International Story

2nd Place / Short Story

Eviel Arturo Bautista Santiago

"Peché, el Niño Nahúal"

Artistic Theme

Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico Industrial y de Servicios CBTIS 2

10th Grade

Tlaxiaco

MEXICO, International Story

3rd Place / Short Film

Liliana Molina

"Su Sueño"

Artistic Theme

Riverside Poly High School

12th Grade

Riverside

USA

3rd Place / Short Film

Tiffany Rodríguez

"Keep on Dreaming in

Challenging Times"

Artistic Theme

Shadow Hills High School

9th Grade

Indio

USA

FINALISTS

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Early Elementary School Students from 1st to 3rd grade

1

Abraham Juárez

"Me siento orgulloso"

Artistic Theme

César Chávez Elementary

2nd Grade

Coachella

USA

2

Grace Gaham

"A Challenging Time"

Artistic Theme

Smiley Elementary

1st Grade

Redland

USA

3

Kendra Valeria Ocampo

Martínez

"Los Animalitos del Circo

en Cuarentena"

Artistic Theme

1st Grade

Toluca

MEXICO, International Story

4

Layla Graham

"Boogie Bord"

Artistic Theme

Smiley Elementary

2nd Grade

Redland

USA

5

Michaela Paz

"Las Manzanas"

Artistic Theme

César Chávez Elementary

1st Grade

Thermal

USA

6

Xiaraí Guadalupe Valle Puga

"La chica musical"

Artistic Theme

César Chávez Elementary

1st Grade

Indio

USA

Middle School Students from 6th to 8th grade

7

Alondra Miranda Portillo

"Overcoming Life's

Challenges"

Science Theme

Chemawa Middle School

7th Grade

Riverside

USA

8

David Weischedel

"The best 7 years"

Artistic Theme

César Chávez Elementary

6th Grade

Indio

USA

9

Diego Salas

"Family During Hard Times"

Artistic Theme

César Chávez Elementary

6th Grade

Coachella

USA

10

Emmanuel Pudussery

"Trying the Untried"

Science Theme

Riverside STEM Academy

6th Grade

Riverside

USA

11

Evangelina Sarett

"Take me with you"

Artistic Theme

7th Grade

Novosibirsk

RUSSIAN FEDERATION,

International Story

12

Gerardo Garza Bojórquez

"Entre botes y saltos surge la pasión"

Artistic Theme

Instituto la Paz

7th Grade

Tijuana

MEXICO, International Story

13

Jared Faulkner

"Moving Forward"

Artistic Theme

Matthew Gage Middle School

8th Grade

Riverside

USA

14

Jordyn Gonzalez

"Once I Wake"

Artistic Theme

Amellia Earhart Middle School

8th Grade

Riverside

USA

15

Pedro Ruiz-Gallegos

"Keep On Dreaming During Challenging Times"

Science Theme

César Chávez Elementary

6th Grade

Coachella

USA

16

Renata T. Pacheco

"Mi Triste Realidad Llena de Esperanza"

Artistic Theme

George Washington Elementary

6th Grade

Riverside

USA

High School students from 9th to 12 grade

17

Adonai Aparicio Reyes

"Los Seres Humanos Somos Seres Impresionantes"

Artistic Theme

Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico Industrial y de Servicios CBTIS 2

10th Grade

Tlaxiaco

MEXICO, International Story

18

Alma Escobedo

"Loving You with a Broken Heart"

Artistic Theme

Indio High School

12th Grade

Coachella

USA

19

Ángel Daniel Osorio Martínez

"Sigue soñando"

Science Theme

Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico Industrial y de Servicio CBTIS 2

10th Grade

Tlaxiaco

MEXICO, International Story

20

Asley Casto Aparicio Jiménez

"Cruzando Adversidades"

Artistic Theme

Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico Industrial y de Servicio CBTIS 2

10th Grade

Oaxaca

MEXICO, International Story

21

Caitlyn Hill

"When challenging things happen"

Science Theme

Desert Mirage

10th Grade

Mecca

USA

22

Cristian López Gómez

"Un mundo de Pie"

Science Theme

Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico Industrial y de Servicio CBTIS 2

10th Grade

Tlaxiaco

MEXICO, International Story

23

David Ruiz Ruiz

"Soñar en tiempos difíciles"

Artistic Theme

Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico Industrial y de Servicio CBTIS 2

10th Grade

Tlaxiaco

MEXICO, International Story

24

Deanna Chávez

"Keep Moving Forward"

Science Theme

USA

25

Diego Alessandro Valdés González

"El cerro del tambor"

Artistic Theme

Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico Industrial y de Servicio CBTIS 2

10th Grade

Tlaxiaco

MEXICO, International Story

26

Eduardo Soria Sandoval

"Seguir soñando en tiempos difíciles"

Artistic Theme

Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico Industrial y de Servicio CBTIS 2

10th Grade

Tlaxiaco

MEXICO, International Story

27

Elizabeth Esteban

"Always Dream Big"

Artistic Theme

Desert Mirage High School

11th Grade

Thermal

USA

28

Elizabeth Park

"Progressing in the Brain's Resilience"

Science Theme

Martin Luther King High School

10th Grade

Riverside

USA

29

Fausto Coronel Vega

"Keep On Dreaming, but in this

New Normality"

ScienceTheme

Instituto México de Baja

California

10th Grade

Tijuana

MEXICO, International Story

30

Germán Garza Bojórquez

"Beneficios Enmascarados"

Artistic Theme

CETYS Universidad (Preparatoria)

12th Grade

Tijuana

MEXICO, International Story

31

Isabel Ángela García

"Un Bichito"

Science Theme

Polytechnic High School

9th Grade

Riverside

USA

32

Jared Martínez Miguel

"Realidad en la Pandemia"

Science Theme

Centro de Bachillerato Técnica Industrial y de Servicio No. 2

11th Grade

Tlaxiaco

MEXICO, International Story

33

Joel Salinas

"Chapter 1"

Artistic Theme

John W North High School

11th Grade

Riverside

USA

34

Jorge Alberto González Hernández

"AVANCES CIENTÍFICOS"

Science Theme

Centro de Bachillerato Técnica Industrial y de Servicio CBTIS 2

11th Grade

Tlaxiaco

MEXICO, International Story

35

José Adriel Torres Feria

"Soñar en 1, 2, 3"

Science Theme

Centro de Bachillerato Técnico Industrial y de Servicio CBTIS 2

11th Grade

Tlaxiaco

MEXICO, International Story

36

Lesley Yahayry Ortiz Bautista

"México ante el COVID-19"

Science Theme

Centro de Bachillerato Técnica Industrial y de Servicio CBTIS 2

11th Grade

Tlaxiaco

MEXICO, International Story

37

Lilian Álvarez

"How must we adapt  to challenging times"

Artistic Theme

Poly High School

12th Grade

Riverside

USA

38

Litzy Daniela Espinosa Chávez

"Sigue Soñando en Tiempos Difíciles"

Artistic Theme

Centro de Bachillerato Técnica Industrial y de Servicio CBTIS 2

10th Grade

Tlaxiaco

MEXICO, International Story

39

Lucy Lang

"Dream Through Adversity"

Artistic Theme

Martin Luther King High School

12th Grade

Hemet

USA

40

Maxen Olvera

"Stronger than hope"

Artistic Theme

Polytechnic High School

12th Grade

Riverside

USA

41

Debany Itzel Morales Hernandez

"Seguir soñando en tiempos difíciles"

Artistic Theme

Centro de Bachillerato Técnico Industrial y de Servicio CBTIS 2

10th Grade

Tlaxiaco

MEXICO, International Story

42

Roselin Neida Sandoval de Jesús

"Historia de Emily"

Artistic Theme

Centro de Bachillerato Técnico Industrial y de Servicio CBTIS 2

10th Grade

Tlaxiaco

MEXICO, International Story

43

Sayf Peña

"Brain Dead: A Dystopian Short Story"

Artistic Theme

Riverside Virtual School

9th Grade

Riverside

USA

44

Susie Fernández

"Keep on Dreaming through

Challenging Times"

Artistic Theme

9th Grade

Riverside

USA

45

Tina Conley

"Adaptation is Key"

Science Theme

John W. North High School

12th Grade

Riverside

USA

46

Tom Nethersol

"Pride"

Artistic Theme

9th Grade

Victoria

AUSTRALIA, International

Story

47

Andrei Mitoiu

"Rushed"

Artistic Theme

10th Grade

Bucharest

ROMANIA, International Story

48

Jordan Nicole Britt

"Don't Cry, Blue Sky"

Artistic Theme

Garner Magnet High School

9th Grade

North Carolina

USA

COMPETITION JURY

Albert Lee

Cinema Culturas’ media specialist, is a professional videographer and photographer who has focused on honing his visual aesthetic acuity. Having participated in the casting process of models/actors, storyboarding, editing and other production areas, he has the full range of experience in pre-production, production, and post-production for video and photography. One of Albert Lee’s specialties is video and photography lighting: both constant and strobe, both daylight and artificial.  

Brenda Lorenzi 

 

Brenda Lorenzi is co-owner of Sunwest publishers of Inland Empire Magazine, a nationally recognized regional magazine serving the Inland Empire now in its 43rd year of publishing and Tastes Of Italia Magazine, a recipe oriented food magazine distributed nationally and internationally.

Brenda is also co-owner of Lorenzi Estate Wines which opened a tasting room in Temecula wine country in November of 2013.

Guillermo Munro

He studied graphic design, painting, theater, film and advertising in Mexico and the United States. He worked as a graphic designer from 1966 to 1977 in Mexico, Texas, and Los Angeles. He has directed experimental and documentary film and theater and he has written film scripts. He is the director and editor of Crónicas de Nuestra Gente. He has been a cultural promoter since 1978 and director of civic and cultural action twice (1980-1982) and in (1997-2000).  

Mariana Robles

 

She was born and raised in Mexico City. She graduated from UNAM with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and moved to the United States for a Master's Degree in Biology at Northeastern University in Boston, Ma. After a few years working as a laboratory technician with a specialty in Electron Microscopy, she decided to pursue his passion to serve the community and became a teacher. She earned a multicultural bilingual teaching credential from the University of California, Riverside. She taught, primarily first grade, for 23 years. She spent the last four years of her career developing a Professional Growth System to coach teachers new to the school district, new to the profession, or who want to improve their practice. She retired in June 2020.

Ricardo Villareal

 

Is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. He co-directed and produced the inspiring film “Ride with Larry” and directed “The Dominguez”, a documentary about one family who shaped the history of California. He wrote and self-published the book “Gracias África” about his experiences as an international humanitarian-aid volunteer in the slums of Kibera in Kenya. He is an avid literature reader passionate about historical novels, classic literature, and Latin American contemporary works. He studied Communication Sciences at Tec de Monterrey in Mexico and has an MBA from the University of Tampa. He lives in Oceanside California.

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