College Station High School short film selected for film festivals | Brazos life



A short film created by students of College Station High School’s audio and video production program has been shortlisted for screening at three film festivals this fall.

“Panning for Gold” premiered on Saturday at the Austin Film Festival’s Young Filmmaker competition and will also premiere at the Lone Star Film Festival on November 11 and the Lift-Off Sessions First Filmmaker Showcase. Each festival selects a limited number of nominations from filmmakers from around the world each year for screening at their event.

The selected films are screened in front of a live audience, often including professional and independent filmmakers and celebrities. “Panning for Gold” will compete for the best student film award at each event.

The film was produced over several weeks by a team made up of every student in the program during the past school year. Benjamin Roberts wrote and recorded an original score for the soundtrack, and the story is inspired by a skit that was performed in last year’s improvisation theater class.

“Panning for Gold” can be viewed at

Rand Boivie, Lee Murphy, Gracie Lawhon, Samuel Moder and Joseph Chunga-Pizarro star in the film, written by Boivie and directed by Stephen Green.


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