Sam Avery, Communication and Media Studies Department, was awarded grand prize for best short film at the Snowtown Film Festival on Jan. 26 in Watertown, N.Y. His short film, “DEADEYE” tells the story of an aging female boxer whose spirit rages despite the torments of society and a manager who won’t return calls. Over 200 film fans and filmmakers attended the fifth annual festival Jan. 25 and 26. The winter celebration of film concluded on Saturday evening with an award ceremony and presentation of the grand prize for best short film. More than 500 films were submitted for competition from eleven countries. Awards were also presented to student filmmakers, outstanding comedy and outstanding animated shorts and winter through film. The festival also included a script writing competition. Snowtown Film Festival will begin accepting submissions for next year’s festival this spring. Avery directs the Blackbird Film Festival, which will be held on campus April 26 to 28.