Northwest High School Film Festival honors BHS filmmakers
Students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program led the pack of winners at the Northwest High School Film Festival on May 1, claiming thirteen awards and honors across six different categories at the Cinerama Theater in downtown Seattle. Currently in its 20th year, the NWHSFF is the largest and longest running festival in the Puget Sound region exclusively for high school filmmakers. Hundreds of students from twenty-two high schools competed for awards in twelve different production categories.
Ballard students also won two of the four competitive scholarships presented at the event. Skala Leake (’18) won the J-Dogg Scholarship, a $7,000 per year award that she can apply at the college of her choice. She’ll be studying film at Columbia College of Chicago – a program ranked by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the best in the nation. Veronica Redpath (’18) was one of only two filmmakers awarded a scholarship to The Prodigy Camp – an intensive week-long filmmaking workshop attended by gifted filmmakers from all around the world.
The festival was judged by a panel of industry professionals and college media professors. It was organized by the Media Educators for Excellence Team (MEET), an inter-district organization of high school media production teachers. Sponsors included The Seattle Film Institute, The Studio School of Los Angeles, Washington State University, Central Washington University, Montana State University, the Cinerama Theatre, and Vulcan Enterprises.
All the awarded productions from BHS had their premieres at the Ballard Film Festival (BFF). This event screens new films by BHS Digital Filmmaking students at the end of every semester. The next BFF will be Saturday, June 16 at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be sold at the door.
Here are Ballard’s Northwest High School Film Festival winners by category. (Many of these can now be screened on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo site at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram .)
AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
Paul, Dark, and Handsome
Ellie Dynes, Jesse Romero, Miles Anderson & Cole Kastner
Wylie Soltes, Ian Colbeck, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas & Aaron Mamaril
Let There be Bacon
Ellie Dynes, Alec Gabbert & Julian Whitworth
Your Neighborhood Bookstore
Jasper Swift, Caleb Flynn & Naomi Glunz
On the Backs of Salmon
Miles Whitworth, Cecilia O’Rollins, Martin Bolivar, Aaron Miller, Chris Barrett, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted & Freeman Marshall
Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aiden Jereczek & Bailey Wall
Public Service Announcement
Drew Hedlund, Calvin Johnson & Sandro Rios
TB Time Bomb
Casey Chamberlain, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall & Elliott Russell
Road Trip Week
Ethan Hawthorne & Jessica Lueck
Aven Fay, Liam Bonds & Zach Boone
How to Lime
Martin Bolivar, Krystelle Kurz & Caroline Lavallee
Krystelle Kurz, Jonathan Bowers, Claire Elliott, Aven Fay, Duncan Kastner, Skala Leak, Elliott Atkinson & Annabelle Bowman-Mohn
I’ll Be There
Veronica Redpath, Maureen Brown & Claude Brun