Winners Named in 2013 TXU Energy Student Film Contest

TXU Energy Light Up the Red Carpet Student Film Contest to Award $35,000 in Prizes


TXU Energy and the Dallas Film Society have announced the six winners of the fourth annual TXU Energy Light Up the Red Carpet Student Film Contest. The three high school and three university filmmakers will debut their films at the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival and learn what prizes they have won at the Dallas Film Society Honors on April 12.

“All of the films were terrific, and it was tough for our judges to select the grand-prize and first-place winners,” said Donna Egen, sponsorship manager for TXU Energy. “We’re very proud that so many students across Texas participated in the contest, and we’re happy that the scholarship prizes will support the students and their schools.”

The contest challenged high school and college student filmmakers from across the state to explore energy conservation, energy efficiency and energy management to answer the question: What does energy mean to you?

More than 130 students submitted concepts for films that would range from three to five minutes as they embarked on the competition for roughly $35,000 in cash prizes, video equipment and a walk down the red carpet.

TXU Energy introduced a new element to this year’s contest by offering 20 students the unique opportunity to work with industry mentors as they developed their films. Online voters selected the best short film concepts in December and the first-round finalists were matched with mentors.

Additionally, critics shared their advice with students on what makes a good film and how to handle film critics’ reviews of their work. Participating critics included syndicated columnist Todd Jorgenson, Mark Walters of, Matt Mungle of the Mungle Show and Paul Salfen, who reviews films for multiple news outlets.

This year’s submissions saw films created in various Texas cities, including Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Laredo. Online voters were asked to rate the films based on forward-thinking and creative ideas, overall entertainment and production quality, and effectiveness in conveying the filmmakers’ concepts or messages. The winners are:

High School

  • Rachel Cocke, “The Electricity Between Us,” Wakeland High School, Frisco
  • Taylor Martin, “Day In, Day Out,” Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas
  • Malak Abdallahi, “Positive Vibes,” Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Worth


  • Samantha Gipson, “The Makeover,” Art Institute of Dallas, Dallas
  • Robert Ochoa, “The Giants in the Sky,” Baylor University, Waco
  • Jeremy Williams, “Spirits,” Northlake College, Irving

Their films can be seen at

TXU Energy and the Dallas Film Society will announce the final ranking of the winners, including grand prize, first place and community choice, as part of the Dallas Film Society Honors ceremony on April 12.

Each of the top films in the high school and university categories will win the grand prize of $7,500. First-place winners from each category will receive $3,000, and the films from each category that received the most online votes will win the community-choice award and $1,000. Prizes will be split evenly between the winning students and their schools’ audiovisual departments.

All finalists received editing software valued at approximately $300.

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