Screenwriting students take awards at festival

SJSU screenwriting students received multiple awards at the CSU Media Arts Festival in Los Angeles in November, according to Professor Scott Winfield Sublett, associate chair of the Department of TV, Radio, Film and Theatre.

RTVF major Mark Hertzler won first place in the short screenplay category. His script, “Becoming the Wild,” is a western about a religious man forced into violence. Hertzler wrote the script in Sublett’s online RTVF 160 class.

Michael Quintana won second place in the feature screenplay category. His script, “Hare,” is a modern take on an Aesop fable. Quintana, who recently graduated with his MFA in Creative Writing from SJSU, wrote the script in Sublett’s RTVF 160 class. Last year, took first place in the same category for another script, “White Rabbit,” which has been optioned by a Hollywood producer.

2015 marks the eighth year in a row that SJSU students have won first place in a CSU Media Arts Festival screenwriting category.

Congratulations also go to RTVF major Kourosh Ahari, who won third in the narrative cinema category for his film “Malaise,” and to Animation Illustration major Natalie Corsie, who placed fourth in animation for “Home.”