Burt Reynolds' advises aspiring filmmakers

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LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) - More than 700 students filled the Duncan Theatre in Lake Worth Tuesday morning for the Palm Beach International Film Festival's Student Showcase of Films.

Burt Reynolds, no stranger to the film industry, handed out two scholarships: One to Kristen Harding and the other to Savannah Winchester.

We caught up with Reynolds backstage where he gave some advice to the aspiring film makers. "They both have that fresh scrub look of having been thrown in the lion's den, and I think, they're going to do alright. They are very sweet girls.

"You have to be a little tough. It's a tough bracket. It's a business based on denial, businesses based on you're no good, you don't have it, why are you here? And you have to be tough enough and smart enough to know that all those people are dumber than you are. You're just gonna go on, and use it for fuel, and just keep on."

Both girls plan to attend film school in New York this fall.