By Alex H. Wagner, Staff Writer

The typical markings of a Hollywood-esque awards show: red carpet (check), searchlights (check), and immaculate venue (check). Now all that’s missing are the high-profile stars and their big-budget period dramas.

Yet even without the parade of Armani and Oscar de la Renta, Boston University’s very own Redstone Film Festival displayed an impressive array of film-making talent. The annual event showcases films created by BU students in the College of Communication, and is one of the premiere film festivals in New England. Past Redstone Film Festival award winners have gone on to direct, write and produce films such as “Runaway Jury,” Alice in Wonderland” and “The Bourne Identity.”

The five short films shown last night varied from the heartwarming story of a girl who asks Santa to turn her into a boy, to the bizarre tale of an octopus-wrestling animal fighter.

Kate Brown, whose film “Our Way Out” depicts the struggles of the LGBT community in high school, said she wanted to make a film that “would mean something to someone.”

“I just wanted spark a conversation within the community about real issues that are going on in schools today and the real fear and the real pressure that students face,” said Brown, a  graduate student in the College of Communication. Her film garnered the second place award.

Although all of the finalists walked away with at least one award — which included prizes from Canon and Avid — “Ears of Cherry,” by College of Communication graduate student Helen Jiang, ended up taking the top prize of the evening. Her film also won awards for Best Editing and Best Screenplay. What’s most important, however, is for students, faculty and staff to come together to appreciate the final product, says Jan Egleson, Associate Professor of the Practice of Film and Television in the College of Communication.

“I mean, awards are fun, they have their place, but really the wonderful thing is that we all gather as a community, see what we’ve done, and celebrate each other’s work. That’s a great thing,” said Egleson.