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Point Park students and alumni win top prizes at NFFTY. Submitted photo
(L-R) Angelo Re, Jared Passante, Dominique Carino, Kyle Rawlinson, Garrett Kennell, Kevin Stiller and Timm Romine.

Three short films made by cinema arts alumni and a student won top prizes at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, the world's largest festival for emerging filmmakers. Held April 23-26 in Seattle, Wash., the festival showcases films by directors 24 and younger. The films were selected by a panel of judges to screen at the festival.

"Point Park has not only taught me how to conduct myself on set, but also how to maintain important relationships within the industry," said cinema arts alumnus Garrett Kennell. "Point Park impressively produces very well-rounded students which shows heavily in their work."

"Point Park impressively produces well-rounded students which shows heavily in their work."

-- Garrett Kennell

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Award-winning films

Diamonds in the Rough
Audience award in the Real-World: Documentaries category
Director/producer: Dominique Carino, senior cinema arts major
Cinematographer: Angelo Re, senior cinema arts major
Editor: Kyle Rawlinson, senior cinema arts major

Audience award in the Centerpiece category
Director: Garrett Kennell, B.A. in cinema arts, 2014
Cinematographer: Kevin Stiller, senior cinema arts major
Editor: Timm Romine, B.A. in cinema arts, 2014

Pass Me By
Audience award in the Guide to Growing Up category
Director: Jared Passante, B.A. in cinema arts, 2014
Producer: Joe Balewski, B.A. in cinema arts, 2013
Cinematographer: Sam Mosco, B.A. in cinema arts, 2014
Editor: Graham Carroll, B.A. in cinema arts, 2014
Sound designer: Thomas Lechowicz, B.A. in cinema arts, 2014

Earlier this year, Kennell's film was named best student film at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, and won the grand jury award at the Shot for Shot Student film festival in Pittsburgh. Carino's Diamonds in the Rough was accepted into the Los Angeles CineFest. In 2013, Passante's short film, A Matter of Time, was also screened at NFFTY.

This year's NFFTY featured 248 films from 30 states and 25 countries, with directors ranging from age 11 to 24. The 2015 festival received nearly 1,000 submissions from all over the world. Last year's festival was attended by more than 12,000 filmgoers.