"Booksmart" director, actress, activist and celebrity ambassador for Coca-Cola Regal Films program Olivia Wilde, announced this morning via social media, the 2019 winners for the student film program. The winning team Shayain Lakhani (producer) and Devon Solwold (director) from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will make their debut at Cinemacon in Las Vegas on Thursday alongside Wilde and their 30-second film, "Choose Happy," will be shown exclusively at Regal theatres across the country starting in May this summer.

The Coca-Cola Regal Films program partnered with Wilde to serve as a mentor for the program and be part of the Red Ribbon Panel of film industry judges to help choose the winning film.

 

“I’ve been so impressed with all the finalist films and it’s been incredible to see what they’ve been able to create,” said Olivia Wilde. “This program really gives young filmmakers the opportunity to get noticed in front of a large audience and the ability to leverage industry contacts, which is so important when you’re first starting out. 'Choose Happy' is a celebration of cinematic ambition, of truly taking advantage of the medium and exploring new ways to illustrate our imagination.”

“Olivia Wilde has been an incredible mentor for the program and her genuine enthusiasm and support for these young filmmakers is remarkable,” said Ken Thewes, Chief Marketing Officer at Regal. “This is always a highlight of our year to present these students to the film and exhibitor industry and get a taste of Hollywood. We always get such a wonderful response from our movie goers who get to see their short spots on the big screen.”

Students from 30 of the most diverse college and university film schools across the country participated in the 2019 Coca-Cola Regal Films program and five advanced to this year’s finals. The Finalists received $15,000 each to create and produce a 30-second film. In addition to funding, finalists were flown to Los Angeles for a training session and program kickoff event where they learned some tricks of the trade. At the training session, Olivia Wilde met with the students to provide mentoring insights and answer questions about her career.

During production each finalist had access to a Regal location, RED DSMC2 DRAGON-X camera kit and ZEISS cinema lenses free-of-charge, to produce his or her film. During Post Production they were given access to Deluxe’s EFILM to color finish their spots with some of the industry’s top colorists. The grand-prize winning film will debut at Regal theatres nationwide. In addition, they will receive a RED DSMC2 DRAGON-X camera kit and ZEISS cinema lenses to further their careers.

“Once again we have an amazing group of finalists and wonderful films. We’re so proud of our partnership with Regal on this work and how it helps us all support the future of filmmaking for the big screen,” said Krista Schulte, SVP Coca-Cola North America Strategic Partnership Marketing.

The finalists’ films are available to watch online at CocaColaRegalFilms.com.

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I loved having the opportunity to mentor this year’s @CocaColaRegalFilms students. 5 student filmmaker finalists were given $15,000 each to create a 35 second film using top of the line equipment. I know, right?! So cool. Every one of them knocked it out of the park. Congrats to all of them for their hard work!! See all their awesome spots at CocaColaRegalFilms.com.This year’s grand prize winner is CHOOSE HAPPY, from producer Shayain Lakhani and director Devon Solwold of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Their film will make its Regal Cinemas debut (on the BIG screen!) nationwide this summer, and the filmmakers will receive a RED Camera Kit to launch their careers. It’s a BIG DEAL. Also their school, SCAD, will receive a RED Camera Kit and Zeiss Lens set to continue to foster the creativity of the next generation. Go make more movies babies!!!!!

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