The 2012 Student Voices Film Contest was held April 5, 2012. The evening included an award ceremony, screening, and panel discussion.
Fifteen short films were submitted this year and developed around the following themes: Whose Responsibility is "Never Again”, Inheriting Genocide, and The Outsider in Me.
The jury included Branko Lustig, Academy Award-winning producer and Holocaust survivor; Michael Renov, Professor of Critical Studies and Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, USC School of Cinematic Arts; and Holly Willis, Research Assistant Professor and Director of Academic Programs, Institute for Media Literacy, USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Freshman filmmakers Kayla Carlisle and Will Merrick submitted the winning film, Strange Inheritance.
The event was co-sponsored by the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the USC Institute for Multimedia Literacy, the USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life, USG Discretionary Funding Board, USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, the SFI Student Association, and the USC Undergraduate Student Government.