Youngsters Elijah Samson and Lorena Morejon left Cayman last week for the bright lights and glamour of the New York Film Academy. They are the two winners of the Young Image Makers competition, which was held as part of Cayfest 2012.

For the past three years the Cayman National Cultural Foundation and the Cayman Islands Film Commission have cosponsored the short film competition in which 10-17-year-olds are asked to submit a film on the subject of their choice, filmed on any recording device such as a phone, video camera or digital camera.

This year, 10 year-old Elijah Samson won the top prize in the 10-13 age group for “The Substitute Killer” and Lorena Morejon, was awarded the top honour in the 14-17 category for her thoughtful short film titled “The Boy and the Sea”. Lorena also garnered the People’s Choice Award.

The two winners left last week on an all expenses paid trip to the New York Film Academy courtesy of CNCF and CIFC to attend a week long summer movie camp. They will fly roundtrip to New York City, courtesy of Cayman Airways. Hollywood Theatres has been screening both of the winning films in their previews at family films.

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