Six students are Key Art finalists


The finalists for The Hollywood Reporter's sixth annual Key Art Awards' student competition were unveiled Thursday.

The winners will be announced June 15 at THR's Key Art Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton.

The six finalists, announced Thursday at a reception at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, are all from schools in California and were chosen April 23 by a panel of studio and marketing executives. The 2007 student awards committee received a total of 232 entries from 30 schools nationwide. Students were invited to create their own versions of either a trailer or a one-sheet for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Walk the Line" or "Brokeback Mountain." There were a total of 63 trailer entries and 169 one-sheet entries.

"The quality of this year's student entries is absolutely incredible, and we're thrilled to be able to showcase and honor such brilliant work," THR publisher John Kilcullen said. "This unique competition connects students with key players in the Hollywood creative community, and I believe that many of the finalists, if not all, will be Key Art Awards nominees in years to come."

The finalists in the trailer category are Scott Silver from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles for "Pirates," Meme Ellis from FIDM for "Brokeback" and Benjamin Boles from Columbia College Hollywood in Tarzana for "Pirates." In the print category, the finalists are Douglas Sirois from California State University, Fullerton, for "Pirates," Ed Marshall from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo for "Brokeback" and Melissa Wong from FIDM in San Francisco for "Line."

Scholarships of $7,500, $2,500 and $1,000 will be awarded to the top three finalists in both categories. In addition, there will be a $2,000 Publisher's Prize and a $2,000 Judge's Special Recognition. All prizes are split between the winning student and their school.