Arts Desk

GWU Students Win First-Ever Washington Best Film Competition

Released To Life, a short documentary about criminal rehabilitation, laid claim to being Washington's "Best Film" today—or at least, according to the city's Office of Motion Picture and Television Development and SnagFilms, a Ted Leonsis-owned joint.

Life was made by students at GWU's Institute for Documentary Filmmaking, who were on hand for an on-campus event today to accept their award from Mayor Vince Gray and Leonsis. "This contest is the first of many that will highlight the incredible talent that exists here in our nation's capital," Gray says, by way of press release. The competition, which was only open to those who live in D.C. or have a D.C.-based production company, took submissions last summer (after extending the entry deadline) and screened them at E Street Cinemas in September.

And luckily, if you're in the mood to check out the winning submission, which also snagged the Grand Jury Award for student film at the D.C. Independent Film Festival, it also debuted on SnagFilms today. To the victor goes the free-streaming spoils!

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