Two students from University of the Ozarks in Clarksville were selected as the winners of Mitchell Communications Group’s Young Filmmakers Short Pitch Competition, which was held in conjunction with the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) May 5-9. Mitchell was a BFF sponsor, and the competition was designed to inspire and encourage young filmmakers 21 and under.
Sheryl Cambronero and Berenice Osorio won the competition with their pitch for “Los Flores de Spandra.” More than 70 young filmmakers competed in the contest by pitching a short film concept at Mitchell’s booth in Sponsor Village during the festival. Entrants had 30 seconds to deliver a creative pitch for producing a film over the next 12 months. The filmmakers were judged by senior leaders at Mitchell on their presentation, and their film ideas were critiqued for clearly defined plot and originality. Entrants were also asked to incorporate the mission of BFF by portraying girls, women or diversity and inclusion in a positive and empowering manner.
“At Mitchell, we recognize the importance of visual storytelling,” said Sarah Clark, president of Mitchell. “We created the short pitch competition to get young people who are interested in filmmaking to think about how they can make their ideas a reality and to encourage their creativity at an early point in their careers, “said Clark. “Sheryl and Berenice’s pitch scored high with our judges, and we look forward to supporting their start as young filmmakers.”
As grand prize winners, Cambronero and Osorio will spend a day at Mitchell’s Fayetteville office where they will receive senior level consultation for the development of their film as well as training or production assistance from the video production team that is part of Mitchell’s Creative practice. They will also share a $500 cash prize and will receive an all-access pass to the 2016 BFF.
Cambronero and Osorio attend the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, where they are pursuing degrees in film studies. Cambronero is a native of Costa Rica, and Osorio is from Mexico.
Mitchell targeted regional talent for the short pitch competition during this year’s inaugural festival and plans to scale it nationally next year. To see pitches from other short pitch entrants, go to here.