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IV INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING & FILM K-12 STUDENT COMPETITION

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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WINNERS

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Winners Video

Early Elementary School Students from 1st to 3rd grade

1st Place: Sofia, Salma & Selena Mirghafouri-Herrera - "Save the Axolotls because they are in danger of extinction"

1st Place: Yayleen García - "El axolotito que fue muy feliz"

2nd Place: Soda, Sttaler, Malek, Daryna, Alisa, Ines, Alessio, Dialikatou, Mohamed, Ismail, Yaniss, Marisol, Gabriele, Giulia, Alyksandra, Karim, Adam, Andreea, J.J., Leonardo, Sahejpreet, Marina, Emanuele, Irene - "Happy Together"

3rd Place: Kanel Pacheco-Zaragoza - "Super Axolotl"

3rd Place: Ximena Rocha - "El axolotito que saló sin permiso"

Upper Elementary School Students from 4th to 6th grade

1st Place: Lia Pérez - "The extinct"

1st Place: Brianne Ourn - "Renacimiento's Axolotl learning"

2nd Place: Georgia Ann Nunez-Corvera - "How adversity helped me grow to the person I am today"

3rd Place: Vanesa Juárez - "La magica regeneración del axolote"

3rd Place: Andrina Torres Palma - "Xoto the Axolotito"

3rd Place: Luisa Todi Academia - "Skin"

Middle School Students from 7th to 9th grade

1st Place: Valeria Torres LEzama - "Buffy's epic adventure"

2nd Place: Elizabeth Pudussery - "Cafe Under the Bridge"

2nd Place: Hugo Sánchez - "Who are the freaks?"

3rd Place: Juliann Guddis - "Keep Smiling"

3rd Place: Joshua Suarez - "Saving the Axolotls"

High School Students from 10th to 12th grade

1st Place: Kaija Riley Hawkins - "Tito"

1st Place: Gregory Logan Tan - "Wrestling with Adversity"

1st Place: Emmanuel Pudussery - "Resonance of Renewal"

2nd Place: Hailey Jackson - "Inspirit"

2nd Place: Iris Hyon - "Volunteer Tomatoes"

3rd Place: Caitlin Austin - "The storm ahead"

WINNERS

Early Elementary School Students from 1st to 3rd grade

1st Place / Short Story

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Sofia, Salma & Selena Mirghafouri-Herrera

"Save the Axolotls because they are in danger of extinction"

Lake Mathews Elementary School

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade

Riverside

USA

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1st Place / Short Story

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Yayleen Garcia

"El axolotito que fue muy feliz"

César Chávez Elementary

1st Grade

Coachella Valley

USA

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2nd Place / Short Film

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Soda, Sttaler, Malek, Daryna, Alisa, Ines, Alessio, Dialikatou, Mohamed, Ismail, Yaniss, Marisol, Gabriele, Giulia, Alyksandra, Karim, Adam, Andreea, J.J., Leonardo, Sahejpreet, Marina, Emanuele, Irene.

"Happy Together"

Battisti Primary School

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3rd Grade

Brescia

Italy

3rd Place / Short Film

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Kanel Pacheco-Zaragoza

"Super Axolotl"

Homeschool

2nd Grade

Coachella

USA

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3rd Place / Short Story

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Ximena Rocha

"El axolotito que salió sin permiso"

César Chávez Elementary

1st Grade

Coachella Valley

USA

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WINNERS

Upper Elementary School Students from 4th to 6th grade

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1st Place / Short Story

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Lia Pérez

"The extinct"

Castle View Elementary School

4th Grade

Riverside

USA

1st Place / Short Story

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Brianne Ourn

"Renacimiento's Axolotl learning"

Lake Mathews Elementary School

4th Grade

Riverside

USA

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2nd Place / Short Story

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Georgia Ann Nunez-Corvera

"How adversity helped me grow to the person I am today"

Sierra Middle School

5th Grade

Riverside

USA

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3rd Place / Short Film

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Vanesa Juárez

"La mágica regeneración del axolote"

Josefa Ortíz de Domínguez

5th Grade

Apan, Hidalgo

Mexico

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3rd Place / Short Story

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Andrina Torres Palma

"Xoto the Axolotito"

6th Grade

Moreno Valley

USA

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3rd Place / Short Film

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Luisa Todi Academy Students

"Skin"

Academia de Música y Bellas Artes Luisa Todi

4th Grade

Setúbal

Portugal

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WINNERS

Middle School Students from 7th to 9th grade

1st Place / Short Film

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Valeria Torres Lezama

"Buffy's epic adventure"

La Sierra Middle School

7th Grade

Riverside

USA

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2nd Place / Short Story

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Elizabeth Pudussery

"Cafe Under the Bridge"

University Heights Middle School

8th Grade

Riverside

USA

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2nd Place / Short Film

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Hugo Sánchez

"Who are the freaks"

Taller Telekids

7th Grade

Seville

Spain

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3rd Place / Short Story

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Juliann Guddis

"Another Day"

Joe Baca Middle

7th Grade

Colton

USA

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3rd Place / Short Story

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Joshua Suarez

"Saving the Axolotls"

Joe Baca Middle

8th Grade

Rialto

USA

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WINNERS

High School Students from 10th to 12th grade

1st Place / Short Story

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Kaija Riley Hawkins

"Tito"

Fallbrook Union High School

11th Grade

California

USA

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1st Place / Short Film

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Gregory Logan Tan

"Wrestling with Adversity"

Martin Luther King High School

10th Grade

Riverside

USA

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1st Place / Short Story

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Emmanuel Pudussery

"Resonance of Renewal"

Riverside STEM High School

10th Grade

Riverside

USA

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2nd Place / Short Story

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Hailey Jackson

"Inspirit"

Ramona High Shool

12th Grade

San Bernardino

USA

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2nd Place / Short Story

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Iris Hyon

"Volunteer Tomatoes"

Martin Luther King High School

11th Grade

Riverside

USA

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3rd Place / Short Story

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Caitlin Austin

"The Storm Ahead"

Ramona High School

10th Grade

Riverside

USA

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FINALISTS

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Early Elementary School Students from 1st to 3th grade

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Landon Avalos

"El axolotito que se enamoró"

César Chávez Elementary

1st Grade

Coachella

USA

Upper Elementary School Students from 4th and 6th grade

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María Ortega

"I'm the best"

Taller Telekids

5th Grade

Seville

Spain

Middle School Students from 7th to 8th grade

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Alondra Santoyo

"La superación de una persona"

Joe Baca Middle

8th Grade

Bloomington

USA

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Adrien Flores

"How can we save Axolotl"

Joe BacaMiddle School

7th Grade

Fontana

USA

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Dulce Muciño

"El futuro cambio a Pakilisti"

Joe Baca Middle School

7th Grade

Bloomington

USA

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Danny Bravo

"The Wonder Guy"

Joe Bacca Middle Shool

7th Grade

Rialto

USA

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Mathan Muñiz

"La Historia de Miguel Sanchez"

Joe Baca Middle School

8th Grade

Bloomington

USA

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Isaac Baltazar

"Moving Forward"

Vista del Lago High School

10th Grade

Moreno Valley

USA

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Kamila Mariscal

"Can we save Axolotls?"

Joe Baca Middle School

8th Grade

Bloomington

USA

High School Students from 10th to 12th grade

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Students of the Multimedia Workshop of Escola Parque

"The Speech of Txai Surui"

Escola Parque

10th Grade

Brazil

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Jack Denechaud

"The Brother"

The Kinkaid School

11th Grade

Houston

USA

COMPETITION JURY

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Carlos Cortés Navarrete

 

OSCAR, BAFTA and CAS winner for Best sound on his work in the feature film El sonido del metal (2019) Carlos completed his audio engineering studies at the Recording Workshop in Ohio, USA. He began his career as an engineer touring with different bands throughout the US and his sound design career began working in theater with SAVIA and YOGAMI, which were presented at the Festival de I'Imaginaire in Paris, France.

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Dan Zlotnik

Dan Zlotnik was born in Genova, Italy. He spent his childhood in Buenos Aires Argentina. At the age of 23, he moved to Mexico City. For 10 years he did over 180 shows a year, all around the world with different Pop Artists, Jazz groups, and different kind of musicians and music. He has been a saxophone player, producer and arranger for over 200CDs, six of Those CDs won Latin American Grammys, and 3 won the American Grammy. He has worked as a film and tv composer in HBO and Netflix, Amazon, and many movies. In 2016 he was nominated for the ARIEL award (by the Mexican Film Academy) for the score of The Thin yellow line (produced by Guillermo del Toro) And in his spare time, he composes music for different performances and mapping shows with visual artists and choreographers from the US, Europe, and Japan.

Ricardo Villarreal

 

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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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.

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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.  

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