Czerny - Peter
k THIS STATUETTE, the "Chris," was given the BYU Motion picture Department for its production of "Cipher in the Snow." Peter Czerny, film editor for the educational film, displays the certificate and the hardware. BYU 'Cipher' Film Wins More Awards The award - winning film "Cipher in the Snow," produced by the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department, has just received two more national awards and one international award — making the film the most honored educational motion picture in the United States during the past two yea rs. The film received the Chris Statuette given to the best educational movie in the 22nd annual Columbus (Ohio) National Film Festival. A funner-up bronze plaque award was given to another recent BYU film, "A Career for Richie," Learning Magazine, the magazine for creative teaching, has presented "Cipher in the Snow" with its "Best of the Year" award out of 1,400 entries and is one of only 23 to be selected for such honors. Word has been received that the film won the Golden Delfan Award at the Tehran (Iran) International Film Festival — the first American entry ever to win the award, according to Jesse Stay, studio director. Previous awards include the Golden Eagle Award from the Council on International Non theatrical theatrical Events (CINE), and runner-up, finalist, or honorable mention in five national film festivals or competition. Based on Jean Mizer Todhunter's first - place award winning winning true story in the National Education Association's 1964 Teachers' Writing Contest, the film is about the abrupt death of a young school boy, bringing about the discovery that no one in the school really knew the boy. He had become a cipher. Filmed in rural Utah, the cipher Cliff Evans was portrayed by Larry Watts of Provo, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Watts, and the younger Cliff Evans by Kirk Mulchings of Provo, son of Rita and Max Hutchings. Complimentary letters and comments have poured into the Motion Picture Department during the past year. A Los Angeles City Schools administrator in the nation's second largest school system said the movie has had the greatest circulation demand of any other film in the last 10 years. The film also has received high praises from the Lutheran Church, which has already purchased 43 copies, and The Seventh Day Adventist Church.