Students at UMass Amherst to Receive Roif Award for Creativity in Film

AMHERST, Mass. – Four students will receive the fifth annual Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies for their creative film projects on Friday, May 13 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Andrew Bertino, a junior from Hanson, Mass., was awarded first place for his screenplay, “Below the Horizon.” Second place went to April May, a senior from North Adams, Mass., for her documentary, “In Ads We Trust.” Aimee Blaquiere, a junior from Holden, Mass., and Michael DiSalvo, a junior from Brooklyn, N.Y., received honorable mentions for their narrative film, “Hi :-.”

The students will be recognized for their achievements by students, faculty and the academic community on Friday in 601 Herter Hall at noon. A staged reading of the screenplay, the documentary and the narrative film will follow the presentation of the awards. The event is free and open to the public.

The Roif Award recognizes exceptional creativity and accomplishment by undergraduates in the Film Studies Certificate Program. The award is the result of a $50,000 gift in memory of Michael S. Roif, ''79, ''83G from his father, Joseph Roif of Boca Raton, Fla., on behalf of himself and his children. Roif''s great love of film and the arts gave the Roif family the idea of endowing a prize in film studies.