The scholarship committee is pleased to announce that Sophie Mitchell is the first recipient of the Justin Amorratanasuchad Scholarship. Sophie is a 2012 graduate of The Center School, a public high school is Seattle. In Sophie’s words:
Film has had an immense impact on how I view myself and how I view the world. I have developed skills that have provided me with the self-confidence I never had but always needed and has helped to further my voice in a whole new light…. Film has changed the way our society runs and film has truly impacted how we get our information.
In my opinion the biggest and most important issue in film making today is diversity. What I would love to help do is change the disproportionate system and allow people who never thought their dreams could come true, have the confidence to make them come true, like myself. I aspire to educate people not just by speaking and writing, but by inspiring people by the movies I someday will make and sharing my story…. Thank you for this amazing opportunity.
Sophie is the winner of The Center School’s 2011 Intermediate Film Student Award for Achievement and the NFFTY 48-Hour Film-Off Award. Her work received an Award of Excellence and an Honorable Mention at the 2012 Northwest High School Film Festival. Sophie is also a member of the National Honor Society. Some of her work:
Sophie will be using the scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year at Bournemouth University.