BHS Filmmakers feature at International Film Festival

Seven short films by Ballard High School student filmmakers have been named in the Official Selections of the seventh annual National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). Sixteen students in the BHS Video Production Program were involved in the production of the films.

NNFTY is a competitive festival that showcases films from all over the world by filmmakers 22 years old and under. The festival provides a rare opportunity for both high school and college students to have their work featured side by side. Our BHS students had their entries chosen from the 700+ entries that NNFTY received from 30 states and 20 countries this year.

NFFTY will be held at the Seattle Cinerama Theater (2100 4th Ave  Seattle) from Thursday, April 25 through Sunday, April 28 at the Seattle Center.

The BHS filmmakers work was chosen for inclusion on the Official Selections list by a jury of professional filmmakers. Check out the BHS short films that are competing:

  • Deep Down by Kaila Lafferty & Isaiah Hoban-Halversen
  • Dream House  by Ariahna Ghormley, Ana Krafchick & Louis Weissman
  • Great Mimes Think Alike by Will Slater, Michael Vitz-Wong & Kiana Wyld
  • Making a Mark  by Brittney Blokker, Helen Miller & Sam Weller
  • My Little Brony by Vann Fulfs, Taylor Martin & Bryan Quandt
  • Sundown  by Vann Fulfs, Bryan Quandt & Jacob Scott

In addition to this list, Leo Pfeifer’s short 74, which he produced last summer before entering the BHS Video Production Program, was also selected.

The screenings at NFFTY are built around different themes. At this year’s festival, half of the films to be screened in The Northwest Scene screening are from BHS Video Production students. According to representatives at NFFTY, this screening is set to showcase “the best of the West” by the Pacific Northwest’s “extremely talented young filmmakers”.

BHS have also entered a team in the NFFTY’s 48-hour Film Off, where students must produce a short film in only two days. The winner, which is selected partly on audience vote, wins funds to invest in their school’s video production program. Head out and support the BHS team at the 48-Hour Film Off next Saturday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the SIFF Uptown 1 (511 Queen Anne Ave N).

To check out more information about events at the NFFTY and to buy tickets click here. Find out more about the BHS Video Production Program here.

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