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 (, 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.  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 (, 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!


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