Student Filmmakers Recognized as Best in Orange County

Orange, CA – January 16, 2019 – Orange Unified School District is proud to announce that out of almost 400 entries and 50 nominated films, Canyon High School’s advanced film class won two awards at the 16th Annual Orange County Film Festival (OCFF): Best Commercial - Nick Sherman, and Best Sound Design - Colette Grob.

Founded in 2003, the OCFF is designed to showcase the work of student filmmakers throughout Orange County. This year’s Orange Unified student Orange County Film Festival recognitions are as follows:

Nick Sherman, Canyon High School

- “The Deal” (Winner - BEST COMMERCIAL)

- “The Librarian” (Nominated for BEST PSA)

- “A Not So Scary Story” (Nominated for BEST INDEPENDENT FILM)


Colette Grob, Canyon High School

- “A Not So Scary Story” (Winner - BEST SOUND DESIGN)

- “Attack the Day” (Nominated for BEST SOUND DESIGN)


Anthony Vito Lyles, Canyon High School

- “Larry” (Nominated for BEST SHORT FILM)


Luke Fisher, Canyon High School

-“The Librarian” (Nominated for BEST ACTOR)


Blake Banuelos, Canyon High School

-“Larry” (Nominated for BEST ACTOR)


Revelstoke Sanz, El Modena High School

- “Yearbook Dystopia” (Nominated for BEST SCORE & BEST COMMERCIAL)


Keegan Lamb,  El Modena High School

- “Yearbook Dystopia” (Nominated for BEST COMMERCIAL)


Sandy Beach, El Modena High School

-“Sunshine” (Nominated for BEST PSA)


Under the guidance of advisor Alex Graham, Canyon High School’s Advanced TV Production/FilmED Class has won nearly every category the OCFF offers over the years, in addition to numerous annual awards from the Directing Change Film Festival. Canyon High School student filmmakers have also received awards at the Screen Film Festival, Los Angeles CineFest, Malibu Teen Film Festival, South Bay Student Film Festival, and have been recognized with several $5,000 scholarships from the Taco Bell Live Mås Video Scholarship Contest.

“I'd love to take credit for the students’ successes, but the truth is that they do all the work,” stated Graham. “My students often turn in projects that are way better than anything I could make, and I have to stand back and act critical though I'm actually in awe of their talent!”

More information about Canyon High School’s Film/Video Production classes is available online at

The winning videos can be viewed on Vimeo:

Best Commercial -

 Best Sound Design -



The Orange Unified School District educates approximately 28,000 K-12 grade students in the Cities of Orange, Villa Park, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and unincorporated county areas.  In partnership with our community, we provide a safe, equitable, and innovative culture of learning for each scholar to have a competitive EDGE as a leader.