LB TV Studio Program Wins Best Overall Film at Locust Valley Film Festival

Long Beach High School’s Television Studio Production students attended the 14th annual Locust Valley Film Festival on March 28. Once again, they represented the community with excellence and attained numerous awards including the overall Grand Prize distinction.

The top honor was earned by the film “Flip,” created by James O’Connor, Melody Moy and Charles Mandell. Selected out of more than 250 entries, it will now be entered into the 22nd Long Island International Film Expo, which accepts the top 100 professional independently made films from around the world.  "Flip" also took first place in the Drama category.

Ashanti Sherred’s “Sneaky Adventure” achieved second place in Drama and Best Editing and third in Best Cinematography. A two-year TV Studio student, Ashanti has been accepted into the Tisch School at New York University and will enter the same doors that Martin Scorsese, Alec Baldwin and Spike Lee have passed through. 

Long Beach High School’s Vann Ceniceros won third place in the Commercial category for "Sugar O's,” while Alex Call and Eddie O’Shea did so in the Movie Trailer category for “Exposure.” 

These films, commercials, trailers, PSAs, and Animations will also be screened at the high school’s own film festival, which will be held in May. Check the district website at for announcements about this upcoming event.   

“I’m very proud of what our students have accomplished, and we will continue to elevate our presence in the TV/film realm across Long Island and statewide,” said teacher Eric Krywe. Congratulations to these young filmmakers!