Ballard film student wins top cinematic honor


(Scene from the short film Richard)

With one of the most prestigious high school filmmaking programs in the country, Ballard High has produced another national award winner.

Wylie Soltes is one of eleven high school students nationwide — and the only student from the Pacific Northwest — to win the YoungArts Foundation award for cinematic arts. The award recognizes his short film Richard, which you can watch here. Soltes’ film was selected from thousands of submissions, and YoungArts will fly him to Miami in January for a week of networking and mentoring with other promising young filmmakers and professionals.

Soltes plans to study film production in college, and YoungArts will help with the financing.

He’s the eighth YoungArts winner from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program in the last five years. Congrats, Wylie!

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