Dr. Lisa Mills, an assistant professor in UCF’s film department, hit a high note at the 2010 Broadcast Educators Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts–one of the top festivals in the academic documentary film industry. Mills’ film, The Young Composers Challenge, was named best of competition-long form in the Faculty Documentary Competition.

The Young Composers Challenge is a 94-minute film about five teenagers competing to have their original classical compositions performed by professionals–students write the compositions and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performs the winning pieces. Following a three-day workshop held during the spring semester, students take the summer to compose. The orchestra plays the top three orchestral and top three ensemble pieces during the fall semester.

UCF’s Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology and Entertainment (CREATE) is a sponsor for the competition, which is also titled The Young Composer’s Challenge.

The Young Composers Challenge will screen at the Florida Film Festival, which is produced by the Enzian Theater, in April.