2013 ACM Student Awards

The Academy for Creative Media held its annual ACM Awards Ceremony May 3 celebrating excellence in student film production and scholarship.

Gabrielle Fa’ai’uaso’s tale of star-crossed Samoan and Tongan lovers, “Ofa Ma Alofa,” took four awards, including Best Drama, Maka Maoli (Native Voice), Audience Favorite (2nd place), and Production Design, for designer Samantha Sakamoto.

“Koa ‘Ohana,” by Erin Lau, won Best Directing and 1st Place as Audience Favorite.

Other multiple award winners included:

  • • “Not Until the Fat Lady Sings,” by Krystal Javier, Best Comedy and 3rd Place as Audience Favorite.
  • • “Night Rain,” by Zimran Lucero, Best Sound and Best Production Design for designer Anthony Czumalowski.

Also winning a Best Comedy award was “My Own Korean Drama,” by Thomas Lee.

Two Best Documentary awards were presented to Sherwin Acidera, “Blueprints for Life,” and to Godwin Polendey, “One Step at a Time.”

“Ola Hou,” by Leah Naka’ahiki won for Best Experimental Film, “Lights Out,” by Devin Wong for Best Animation, “So I Decided” by Marie Iwasaki for Best Editing, and “No More Aloha,” by Alexander Bocchieri for Best Cinematography (Jeremy Snell).

Screenwriting awards went to Leonard Leon, Zimran Lucero, Justin Omori, Jake Nowicki, and David Kabisch.

Also recognized were Student Achievement and Scholar awardees Jake Nowicki, Bryan Ruiz, Leonard Leon, Justin Omori, and Bachman Quach; Alumni awardee Ty Sanga; and Outstanding Senior Anthony Czumalowski.

The ACM Friend Award was presented to long-time supporters Roy and Hilda Takeyama, whose original donations provided the first cameras and production equipment for filmmaking students.

Multiple Award Winner Gabrielle Fa’ai’uaso

Multiple Award Winner Gabrielle Fa’ai’uaso

Still from Night Rain

Still from “Night Rain”


Still from No More Aloha

Still from “No More Aloha”