DeKalb Elementary – the winner of the Edgeware award for Best Student Film at the 2017 UK Film Festival –  has continued its run of successes with an Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short Film from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS).

The 2017 edition of the UK Film Festival’s awards was the second sponsored by Edgeware and take place as part of the week-long event set up by a group of filmmakers with a passion for quality and creativity.

Written and directed by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Reed Van Dyk, DeKalb Elementary has also been recognized with nominations at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences College Television Awards,the BAFTA/LA Student Film Awards and at the Calgary International Film Festival.

Van Dyk created the gripping drama after hearing a 911 call placed during a school shooting that took place in Atlanta, Georgia. Not a stranger to accolades, his first short film, The Conservatory, won the Student Emmy Award for Best Comedy and his second premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival ahead of the Sundance Film Festival hit, Obvious Child.

Edgeware would like to congratulate Van Dyk and rest of the team behind the film and wish them the best of luck at the 90th Oscars ceremony, which will take place at LA’s Dolby Theatre on 4 March, 2018.


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