It is with great pleasure that I announce this year's winner for the first inaugural Terence Awards for excellence in student-created films on Classical and Latin themes. There are two, official cash-prize awards:
Best Use of Latin in a Film ($250.00) sponsored by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South's (CAMWS) Committee for the Promotion of Latin
Best Picture ($100.00) sponsored by Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers/eClassics
Thanks to both of these sponsors and to our student and faculty judges from Arizona State University. They were quite impressed and entertained by all of the entries.
After much deliberation, the judges decided to award both Best Use of Latin in a Film and Best Picture prizes to the film, Exercitum Caesaris
, by the Latin IV students at Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
Players: Nate Deysher, Erika Lawson, Brent Miller, Aston Dommel, Tyler Chanas, Tim Reitnouer
Script: Nate Deysher
Filming/Editing: Tim Reitnouer
Latin Teacher: Catherine Zackey
This movie is a Latin-language (subtitled in English) recruitment video for the Roman army. The Latin is all original and, quite possibly, marks the world's first Latin translation of "Belgian waffle-maker".
You can view the winning film here: http://eclassics.ning.com/video/exercitum-caesaris
With the success of this first contest, and upon request by many students and teachers, the 2010 Terence Awards will feature additional categories for student filmmakers including Best Foreign Film (movies created by students outside of the U.S.) and an award for university students (other categories will be announced in the forthcoming Call for Submissions). Details will follow in the next few months.
As more and more videos are produced for Latin class projects, please encourage your students to submit their films for consideration for the Terence Awards.