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San Antonio Young Filmmaker Takes Top Prize in International World Heritage Film Competition
Krystal Jones (Arts)
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San Antonio Young Filmmaker Takes Top Prize in International World Heritage Film Competition

Film by Harlandale High School Student Outshines Entries from 13 Countries

SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 2, 2017) – During yesterday’s Organizations of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) World Congress in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, Fatima Aguillon, a student at San Antonio’s Harlandale High School, was announced as the winner of the organization’s International Video Production Competition “My City, Our World Heritage.” Aguillon took the top spot in the 14-17 age group, competing against 15 entries from 13 other countries including Spain, Mexico, Turkey, Indonesia and Ecuador.

The contest asked young filmmakers living in United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage destinations to create short films that showcase their cities and World Heritage sites. Her three-minute film was shown during the announcement at World Congress yesterday and she will receive a $1,000 cash prize from the OWHC. 

“Not only does Fatima’s film convey a love for her hometown, but it also shows her incredible talent for storytelling through film,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “There is no doubt that San Antonio and its stories are in good hands moving into the future, with a young talent like Fatima leading the way.” 

The journey to Aguillon’s international achievement began in San Antonio, with the Department of Arts & Culture’s Film Commission division and the World Heritage Office partnering to present a local “My City, Our World Heritage” contest as required by the international contest and to further develop San Antonio’s film culture as addressed in the City of San Antonio’s Film Strategic Plan. The Film Commission conducted a Call for Entries, collected eligible submissions, coordinated an evaluation panel, and worked with Mission Marquee Plaza to develop an awards ceremony and screening. Aguillon, who is part of the Film School of San Antonio at Harlandale, won the local competition in her age group and received a cash prize of $1,000 and the Film Commission entry of her film into the OWHC’s worldwide contest to be judged by an international panel.

“All eyes were on San Antonio and our World Heritage Missions during OWHC’s World Congress,” said District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran. “I am so proud that Fatima, a Harlandale student, has garnered worldwide recognition for a film that captures the profound beauty and history of her neighborhood. This is a remarkable moment for our city.” 

Fatima’s film, which features San Antonio’s World Heritage Missions, as well as the culture, flavors and celebrations found throughout the city, can be viewed at 

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