Current Student Wins KODAK Scholarship

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Current student Mounia Akl for her short film Submarine. The prize comes with a $3,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant and a $2,000 tuition scholarship.
Submarine, which follows a young woman as she refuses to evacuate Lebanon during its current garbage crisis, has already had great success on the festival circuit; the film received its world premiere earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival and was recently selected to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. Akl received the Best Director prize for Submarine at this year’s Columbia University Film Festival, where the film was also named to Jury Selects.

Submarine is the result of a collaboration between many Film Program students: The film was produced by Cyril Aris ’16, co-produced by Andrew K. Li ’16 and edited by George Sikharulidze ’16. It also marks another fruitful collaboration between Akl and classmate Clara Roquet ’15, who co-wrote Submarine and whose thesis film, El Adiós, was edited by Akl. El Adiós recently won the 2016 BAFTA US Student Film Award.

This year marked the 25th year of KODAK’s Student Scholarship Program, which offered total of $38,500 in tuition and film grants to six student films. The recipients were selected from 131 submissions.

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