Tom Oliva Named as Executive Director for All-American High School Film Festival

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08/23/2014 [ACCESSWIRE]

The Film Festival is a Premiere Showcase for Some of the Best High School Filmmakers from Around the World 

Los Angeles, CA / ACCESSWIRE / Aug 23, 2014 / Tom Oliva, an adjunct professor of English from Rockland Community College in New York, was just named as the executive director for the All-American High School Film Festival.

As Oliva explained, the film festival is the premiere showcase for talented high school filmmakers and media arts enthusiasts from around the world.

“Our mission is to connect the filmmakers of the future with the rewards, respect, and recognition they deserve,” Oliva said, adding that the annual event is held each year in the heart of New York City.

“We offer a grand stage for the next generation of talented filmmakers where they can screen their amazing creations, learn from top industry professionals, connect with the latest technology, explore myriad higher education opportunities, receive scholarships and technology prizes, and, perhaps most importantly, create a community of shared passions and lifelong relationships.”

In addition to his work as Tom Oliva teacher, the educator also serves as president of the Student Arts Project (SAP).  As Oliva explained, SAP helps to prepare young and aspiring artists through  immersive education and mentorship opportunities.

“SAP serves high school filmmakers, artists and media arts enthusiasts around the world.” Oliva noted, adding that SAP’s platform involves education, exposure, resources, recognition, rewards, and establishing a collaborative and productive artistic community.

“Educating future filmmakers is at the heart of what we do. Our goal is to provide these artists with the technology and resources they need to realize their artistic visions.”

When Oliva is not working on the All-American High School Film Festival or as an adjunct professor, he stays busy in a variety of other roles, including as an author of a book titled “Engaging Grammar: Practical Advice for Real Classrooms.” The publication shows how linguistic grammar can be exciting rather than boring, all while taking advantage of young students’ inherent interest in language. Prior to working for Rockland Community College, Oliva had worked as an English and film teacher for the Hendrick Hudson School District.

About Tom Oliva:

Tom Oliva is an adjunct professor of English in New York. He was recently named as the executive director of the All-American High School Film Festival. In addition to maintaining a worldwide community for thousands of dedicated high school filmmakers, Oliva’s new role with the All-American High School Film Festival will involve offering a variety of scholarship opportunities and other resources to students. For more information, please visit



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