BHS takes home 18 awards at regional film festival

The students from Ballard High’s filmmaking program continue to dominate the competition, walking away with an impressive number of awards from a regional film festival.

BHS took home 18 awards and honors across seven different categories at the Northwest High School Film Festival (NWHSFF) in Seattle. The festival is the largest and longest-running festival for high school filmmakers in the Puget Sound region. Hundreds of students competed for awards in 12 different production categories, BHS filmmaking instructor Matt Lawrence tells My Ballard.

One BHS student took home more than just a handful of awards: junior Marley Rankin also won a full scholarship to a summer program at Studio School, a college film program in Los Angeles.

Here are Ballard’s Northwest High School Film Festival winners by category:


Art Film

  • Prayer by Saia Dugan, Evan Fekete, Jasper Laur, Fiona Paskoff

Comedic Narrative

  • Musical!!!! The Musical by Evan Fekete, Owen Russell, Robbie Wilbur


Dramatic Narrative

  • Doubts by Liam Bonds, Zach Boone, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas
  • In the Wings by Max Beaulieu, Emma Lee, Marley Rankin

Music Video

  • Full Tilt Bounce by Casey Chamberlain, Violet Collins, Braiden Hayes, Marley Rankin
  • Honey by Emma Inge, Jen Frisch-Wang, Mina Koltnow

Public Service Announcement

  • Superhero Award Ceremony by Hadley Molman, Grace Stromatt, Jasper Swift, Hannah Weaver
  • A Day at the Beach by Olivia Flego-Wirth, Madison Jackson-Hite, Marley Rankin, Sebastian Zufelt


  • Blood Cargo by Liv D’Arche, Brendan Hickey, Ben Murphy, Talin Phillips
  • Check by Dani Edwards, Emma Inge, Addison Lepse, Fiona Paskoff


Comedic Narrative

  • Take Out by Brendan Hickey, Claire Kilkenny, Rachel Warshaw


  •   Haze for Dayz by Fiona Paskoff, Ben Murphy, Robbie Wilbur

Music Video

Public Service Announcement

  • Food Fight by Zach Boone, Claire Kilkenny, Fiona Paskoff, Jasper Swift
  • Words Pack a Punch by Skye Armstrong, Morgan Coffroth, Julia Lewicki


  • Franklin’s Monster by Peter Brown, Casey Chamberlain, Evan Fekete, Ruth Payne
  • Gingerdead Man by Claude Brun, Violet Collins, Cole Kastner, Freeman Marshall

You can watch some of their films on the BHS Vimeo page, or check out their next film festival in person on June 15 (more details to come).

7 thoughts to “BHS takes home 18 awards at regional film festival”

  1. I was hoping these privileged children could do more than just do a shot for shot remake of Breaking Bad, though not surprised as that was a very non-diverse show.

  2. This PSA by BHS Digital Film program is great! Love how these students are using their talent to send a message about saving our oceans.

  3. Just saw this…Congratulations Ballard High School and to ALL the winners. Film programs are a great way to keep kids engaged, informed, and in the case of the video attached to this article, doing something to help our environment as well. Keep up the good work!

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