New Shorts from Ballard’s Award-Winning Filmmakers Premier at Ballard Film Festival
Due to the snow days in February, the Ballard Film Festival (BFF) has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in the Ballard High School auditorium (1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle). This is a screening of new work by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program. The festival will feature short comedies and dramas as well as music videos. Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for students) will be sold at the door.
Films that premiere at the BFF frequently go on to win honors from various film festivals and professional organizations. This fall, BHS film students earned five Official Selections at the international All American High School Film Festival in New York City, six national nominations (and three winners) from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, two winners at Fresh Film Northwest, and two Official Selections plus 3rd Prize in the 48-Hour Film competition at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth. Films screened at previous BFF’s can now be seen on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo site.
All funds raised by the BFF will benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program. For more information, visit www.bhsvideo.blogspot.com.
About Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program:
The Digital Filmmaking Program at Ballard High School is part of the free public education through Seattle Public Schools, and is open to BHS students of all grades. Since its beginning in the fall of 2001, students in the program have won hundreds of awards at regional, national, and international film festivals. They have also won honors from the National YoungArts Foundation and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the National and Northwest Emmy Awards) and consistently gained admission to prestigious college programs of film and television, sometimes with large scholarships and advanced placement. They’ve been invited to show their work and make presentations at art museums, film festivals, and conferences. The program has provided professional production internships through a variety of media organizations and businesses, television shows, and feature films. Numerous program alumni have gone on to careers in the industry: writing or producing series television programs in Los Angeles, producing music videos for major artists, directing commercials, working on the camera crew or art department of feature films, producing media for major corporations, or working as broadcast journalists. In 2007, Kyle Seago (’07) and Jesse Harris (’04) co-founded the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). It has since become the largest youth film festival in the world.