YONKERS, N.Y. -- Yonkers High School graduate Chris Ortega received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 W&M Global Film Festival in January for his short film, "Infinite," which was originally made for a school project.
“Myself and the entire cast are beyond enthralled and honored to hear of such exciting news," Ortega said. "Filmmaking is a huge part of my life and moments like receiving my first award and watching my film succeed all feels really amazing”.
Ortega is a student at Purchase College, SUNY, where his creative writing class inspired the film, which stars Phil Gigante. The film is based on the novel "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky.
"After receiving a great deal of positive feedback from multiple audiences, Ortega made the decision to push 'Infinite' to various festivals," representatives said.
The W&M Global Film Festival, based in Virginia, recognizes filmmakers and films across the world that inhabit a unique creative vision.
Festival representatives said “our screening committee greatly enjoyed your film and would like to award it an Honorable Mention."