Ballard High School Filmmakers recognized at national competition

The talented folks in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program have done it again! Three shorts by twelve students in the program have won honors at the Dominique Dunne Film Competition in Colorado Springs.

Maya Konz, Nolan Baker, Bailey Wall and Kajsa Woolford won 1st Prize in the Documentary category for 9066, a film about the interment of citizens of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

Also recognized in Documentary was Heart of Gold by Miles Andersen, Josh Gaynor-Cote, Willow Hudson and Jesse Romero. This film received an Honorable Mention. Heart of Gold follows a student through her final year of high school – a year complicated by a life-threatening medical condition, a stroke, and a heart transplant.

In the Dramatic category, Avery Davis, Aaron Miller, Cameron Miller, and Skala Leake received an Honorable Mention for Comeback, the story of a soccer player facing a serious setback.

The students will receive cash prizes for each honor, as well as written critiques from a prestigious jury that includes producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. (of The Samuel Goldwyn Companyand Samuel Goldwyn Films), actor/director Griffin Dunne (An American Werewolf in London, After Hours) and producer/ director/actor Ed Sherin (Law & Order).

This is the fifth year in a row that students from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program have been winners at the competition. Congratulations to all involved!

 

BHS Filmmakers win national competition

Three shorts by twelve students in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program have won honors at the Dominique Dunne Film Competition in Colorado Springs.

Maya Konz, Nolan Baker, Bailey Wall and Kajsa Woolford won 1st Prize in the Documentary category for 9066 (https://vimeo.com/190324486), a film about the interment of citizens of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

Also recognized in Documentary was Heart of Gold (https://vimeo.com/207728173) by Miles Andersen, Josh Gaynor-Cote, Willow Hudson and Jesse Romero.  It received an Honorable Mention.

Heart of Gold follows a student through her final year of high school – a year complicated by a life-threatening medical condition, a stroke, and a heart transplant.

In the Dramatic category, Avery Davis, Aaron Miller, Cameron Miller, and Skala Leake received an Honorable Mention for Comeback (https://vimeo.com/190952853), the story of a soccer player facing a serious setback.

The students will receive cash prizes for each honor, as well as written critiques from a prestigious jury that includes producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. (of The Samuel Goldwyn Company and Samuel Goldwyn Films), actor/director Griffin Dunne (An American Werewolf in London, After Hours) and producer/ director/actor Ed Sherin (Law & Order).

This is the fifth year in a row that students from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program have been winners at the competition. Congratulations to all involved!

BHS Film Festival on next month

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This year’s Ballard Film Festival (BFF) is set for Friday, February 10, at 7 p.m. in the Ballard High School auditorium.  The screening will feature short comedies and dramas, advertisements, and documentaries from students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program.

Films that first screen at the BFF frequently win honors at prestigious national and international film festivals as well as awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

BHS film students hit the ground running this fall with 10 Official Selections in the national All American High School Film Festival, awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for Best Music Video and Best Editing, and winners at Fresh Film Northwest – including the documentary Living Honestly by PJ Hase and Skala Leake.  This will have its Seattle premiere at the Ballard Film Festival.

This year, Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program was one of five production programs from across the nation selected by the All American High School Film Festival in New York City to produce documentaries for IMAX.

Funds raised from the film festival will benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program. “Your support will put the right tools in the hands of students so they can complete these productions in style,” says Matt Lawrence from the Digital Filmmaking Program

Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for students) will be sold at the door.

For more information, visit www.bhsvideo.blogspot.com.

Ballard Film Festival set for next month

The talented students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program will showcase their works in The Ballard Film Festival (BFF) next month.

The event will be held on Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 11, at 7 p.m. in the Ballard High School auditorium (1418 NW 65th St).

The screening will feature short comedies and dramas, advertisements, documentaries, news features, and a music video.  Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for students) will be sold at the door.

Films that first screen at the BFF routinely win honors at prestigious national and international film festivals and awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Six of the productions to be screened this spring have already been nominated for High School Awards of Excellence.  The envelopes will be opened, and the winners announced, at the Northwest Emmy Awards on June 4.

The BFF will also be the Ballard premiere of Voices, a music video that was an Official Selection of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth and the CineYouth Film Festival (a program of the Chicago International Film Festival).  In addition, on June 3, C-SPAN will be present to present Leo Pfeifer with 2nd Prize in their StudentCam Competition, and filmmaker Ward Serrill will be speaking on June 11.

Funds raised from the event will benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program. Students in the program regularly travel to Los Angeles to tour college schools of film and television, visit program alumni enrolled in these colleges or working in the industry, and meet with film and television professionals. Ticket sales and donations will make these trips possible for all accepted students and also provide additional production equipment.

Tickets will be available at the door and will cost $10 for adults and $5 for students.