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USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Short-Film Competition Recognizes Students from across the University

On April 7, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute honored students from across the University who made short films using footage from the Institute’s archive of nearly 52,000 videotaped testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. The awards ceremony, screening, and panel discussion, made possible by Visions and Voices and HBO, were the culmination of the Student Voices short film competition which invited all USC students to use the Institute’s archive in order to shape the conversation about violence and genocide. Among the competition jury and on the panel was Academy Award-winning producer Branko Lustig (Schindler’s List, Gladiator), who conferred these awards:

  • Outstanding Achievement in Narrative:  Sean Simerly (USC Thornton School of Music)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Creativity:  Christopher Rowe (USC School of Cinematic Arts)
  • Outstanding Achievement for Impact:  Tiffany Cheng (USC School of Architecture)
  • Viewers’ Choice:  Mariana Aguilar (USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences)

To view these and all of the finalists’ short films on the Institute’s website, visit