Once again, San Jose State students have achieved national recognition for screenwriting excellence.
Lauren Serpa, who received her BA in RTVF from San Jose State and is currently an SJSU MFA Creative Writing student, won second place at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts in the feature-length screenplay category for Where We Start.
The BEA is the nation’s largest organization of RTVF programs and their Festival of Media Arts is the nation’s most important student film competition.
In the same category, recent RTVF grad Risha Rose received an Honorable Mention for her screenplay Dance With Me.
In the Short Screenplay category, two SJSU students received Honorable Mentions: Rachel Compton for Prosopagnosia and Kevin Briot for When a Giant Falls.
Congratulations to the faculty in RTVF, Theatre Arts, and English who mentored these exceptional students who have brought us glory, and of course to the students themselves!
Akos Meggyes (RTVF MAJOR)
SJSU President’s Scholar 2013
SJSU Salzburg Scholar 2012 — U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy: National Top Ten Program
Award Recipient 2012-13 — SJSU Undergraduate Research Grant
Phi Kappa Phi 2012
Akos’ short screen play, Space-Nuns, received third place at the 2013 CSU Media Arts Festival in Fullerton, CA.
Akos comments, “The script actually was a formatting exercise in Prof. Scott Sublett’s screenwriting class. I also received much help in classes of other screenwriting teachers like Professors Barnaby Dallas and David Kahn. To translate the script into a film production great amounts of wisdom came from Professors Harry Mathias, Babak Sarrafan, Nick Martinez, and Amy Glazer Connolly. For the creation of a meaningful project it is very important to have skills in film and media criticism, and I could not have done it without Professors Apryl Berney, Drew Todd, and Alison McKee. I really enjoy film-making and being an RTVF student at SJSU just made it even more a passion of mine.”