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San Antonio Film Commission Announces Winners of 2018 #FilmSA Contest

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Krystal Jones, Department of Arts & Culture/San Antonio Film Commission
Javier A. Flores, Department of Arts & Culture


San Antonio Film Commission Announces Winners of 2018 #FilmSA Contest 

SAN ANTONIO (May 18, 2018) – San Antonio’s culinary heritage, the unique filming locations throughout the city, and the tradition of Fiesta medals are the subjects of the winning films in the 2018 #FilmSA Contest. Yesterday the San Antonio Film Commission, a division of the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture, announced the winners and screened their films at Mission Marquee Plaza. 

This year’s #FilmSA contest winners, and the categories in which they won, are: 

Nathan Arellano and Sarah Casillas’ “A Bite of Culture” – These John Marshall High School students took the top award for the San Antonio: A Creative City of Gastronomy Student Category. A partnership with the City of San Antonio’s World Heritage Office, this category asked filmmakers ages 17-21 to submit films focused on San Antonio’s 2017 designation as a United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative City of Gastronomy, what this designation means to them, and their favorite aspects of the city’s culinary scene. In addition, applicants in this category were required to use “Celebration,” an original score composed and recorded by Federico Chavez-Blanco as the official score for Tricentennial.

Nicholas Luna and Trevor Aranda’s “No Law” – Also students of John Marshall High School, Luna and Aranda won first place in the contest’s Locations of San Antonio Category. A category for filmmakers of all ages, applicants were asked to showcase San Antonio as a destination full of locations prime for filming as well as a film-friendly city. Filmmakers were also required to use “Celebration,” an original score composed and recorded by Federico Chavez-Blanco as the official score for Tricentennial.

Katie Murtagh-Huerta’s “Medaling with Fiesta” – The Stories of San Antonio Category asked filmmakers of all ages to submit entries that focus on a story of San Antonio’s past, present or future in celebration of the city’s Tricentennial year. Murtagh-Huerta’s film focuses on Fiesta medals, their history and importance, and the people who collect them.

“These winning films embody much of what makes San Antonio a unique city with signature flavors, film-friendly locations, and festivals,” said Department of Arts & Culture Director Debbie Racca-Sittre. “In celebrating San Antonio’s Tricentennial, it is clear that the talents of today’s filmmakers will help preserve our city’s stories for the next 300 years.” 

More information about the #FilmSA contest and the winners can be found at 

About the San Antonio Film Commission
The San Antonio Film Commission is a go-to resource for filmmakers. As a full-service agency that promotes the art and craft of moviemaking in San Antonio, the film commission provides an array of services available to filmmakers including: location scouting, liaison services, permitting, crew and casting calls, and more. For more information about the San Antonio Film Commission, visit


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