BHS student filmmakers clutch several awards at local film festival

The Ballard High School film crew are at it again, winning awards at the 15th annual Northwest High School Film Festival in Seattle. The students won 15 awards and honors across six different categories at the festival, which is the largest and longest running festival for high school filmmakers in the region. There were 370 films entered in the competition from 24 different high schools.

Among the winners for Awards of Excellence:

  • Dramatic Narrative – Suspense: “Sundown” by Vann Fulfs, Bryan Quandt, Jacob Scott
  • News Feature: “Viking Robotics” by Ben Fuesel, Bryan Quandt
  • Public Service Announcement: “The Door” by Liam Moser, Cecilia Orozco-Chavez, Kimi Rutledge

Honorable mentions:

  • Comedic Narrative: “An Appetite for Knowledge” by Gabe Fabens, Nick Hauger, Lorenzo Rossi. “Great Mimes Think Alike” by Will Slater, Michael Vitz-Wong, Kiana Wyld. “Hollyday” by Katie Brostrom, Kelsey Mendenhall, Sara Timmons.
  • Commercial: “A Night to Remember” by Isaiah Hoban-Halvorsen, Ana Krafchick, Cooper Rickards
  • Documentary: “Deep Down” by Isaiah Hoban-Halvorsen, Kaila Lafferty, Oona Lowe. “My Little Brony” by Vann Fulfs, Brian Quandt, Taylor Martin
  • Dramatic Narrative: “Eye of the Beholder” by Walker Evans, Isaiah Hoban-Halvorsen, Brian VanWagenen
  • News Feature: “Ballard Cooks” by Milo Adams, Coleman Anderson, Carlos Caceres Martinez, Leo Pfeifer. “It Takes Balls to Juggle” by Brian Cropp, Lily , Raven Two Feathers
  • PSA/Anti-Ad: “Know Your Limit” by  Joseph Downey, Grace Turnell, Robyn Wrey. “Not Even Once” by Sam Baldwin, Paris Burhen, Brian Cropp, Gabe Tagulao. “Real Nordic Heritage” by Julian Amrine, Joshua Vredevoogd

One BHS senior was awarded the “J-Dogg” Scholarship, which is an award established in 2011 by the family of Justin Amorratanasuchad, a Ballard High School filmmaker whose career was tragically cut short by an accident during his second year of college. Vann Fulfs was the recipient of this year’s scholarship, which gives upwards of $5,000 each year toward the college education for a student interested in pursuing a degree in film and television production. Fulfs plans to study film production at Columbia College in Chicago this fall.

If you want to get a glimpse of the students’ films, there will be a screening at BHS on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets for “The Showing” are $10 for adults and $8 for students (tickets for sale at the door). All ticket sales will go to support the BHS film program.

Congratulations to our rising stars at BHS!

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