Tuesday, June 06, 2017

BHS Filmmakers Win Big at the Emmy Awards


Students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program won five High School Awards of Excellence at the Northwest Emmy Awards on June 3.  Best Long Form Non-Fiction film went to 9066, a documentary about the internment of US citizens of Japanese ancestry during WWII by Maya Konz, Bailey Wall, Kajsa Woolford & Nolan Baker.  Best Short Form Fiction film, best Writer, best Photographer/Editor and best Audio/Sound went to Comeback by Skala Leake, Aaron Miller, Cameron Miller & Avery Davis.  Comeback is the story of a soccer player coping with a life-altering setback.       

The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) presents High School Awards of Excellence to celebrate and promote the most outstanding high school television productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.  Members of the professional Academy select the nominees and winners.  This is the third year in a row Ballard High School film students have led the pack of winners.  

New productions by students in Ballard's Digital Filmmaking Program will premiere at the Ballard Film Festival on Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 pm in the BHS auditorium.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and will be sold at the door.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL FILM FESTIVAL HONORS BHS FILMMAKERS


Students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program led the pack of winners at the Northwest High School Film Festival last week, claiming eleven awards and honors across seven different categories at the Cinerama Theater in downtown Seattle.  Currently in its 19th year, the NWHSFF is the largest and longest running festival in the Puget Sound region exclusively for high school filmmakers.  Hundreds of students from twenty-four high schools competed for awards in twelve different production categories.

The festival was judged by a panel of industry professionals and college media professors.  Sponsors included The Seattle Film Institute, Washington State University, the Cinerama Theatre, Highline Community College, and Vulcan Enterprises. 

All the awarded productions from BHS initially had their premiere at the Ballard Film Festival (BFF).  This event screens new films by BHS Digital Filmmaking students at the end of every semester.  The next BFF will be Saturday, June 17 at 7 pm.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be sold at the door.

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

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Commercial
  Meori Boxes
  Chris Barrett, Emma Inge & Cecilia O’Rollins


Documentary
  9066
  Nolan Baker, Maya Konz, Bailey Wall & Kajsa Woolford

  Heart of Gold
  Miles Andersen, Josh Gaynor-Cote, Willow Hudson & Jesse Romero

 
Dramatic Narrative
  Comeback
  Avery Davis, Skala Leake, Aaron Miller & Cameron Miller


Public Service Announcement
  Tater Towers
  Max Beaulieu, Ellie Dynes & Nick Fay


HONORABLE MENTIONS

 Comedic Narrative
  4.No
  PJ Hase, Brynn Miller & Isabella Warshaw
 
  Next
  Owen McGranaghan, Jesse Romero & Kajsa Woolford  

  Hydromance
  Leo Pfeifer, Krystelle Kurz & Evan Wallace

 
Documentary                   
  Transformative
  Mo Brown, Claire Elliott, Sorcha Marron & Krystelle Kurz

 
Non-Fiction News or Sports Feature
  Still a Winner
  Elliott Atkinson, Jonathan Bowers & Veronica Redpath

 
Satire/Parody/Mockumentary
  Fat Friday: Two Men, Two Hours, and Two Hundred Chicken McNuggets
  Chris Barrett, Jessica Luecke & Zoe Zellig    
 

Monday, May 29, 2017

DON'T MISS NEW SHORTS FROM BALLARD'S AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKERS


Everyone is invited to a screening of new work by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program.  The Ballard Film Festival (BFF) will be on Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 pm in the Ballard High School auditorium.  The screening will feature short comedies and dramas, news features, advertisements, and the documentaries students produced for IMAX.  Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for students) will be sold at the door.

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

Funds raised will benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

BALLARD FILMS FEATURED AT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS




NFFTY Audience Award winners Mo Brown, Sorcha Marron, Claire Elliott, and Krystelle Kurz


Transformative, by Mo Brown, Claire Elliott, Krystelle Kurz and Sorcha Marron, recently won the Audience Award at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) in the Come As You Are showcase.  (The award was particularly flattering as they were the youngest filmmakers in competition.)  In addition, two more international film festivals have chosen to feature work by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program this spring.
 

Transformative was also an Official Selection at CineYouth early this month.  The annual event is a project of the Chicago International Film Festival.  The showcase celebrates outstanding short films made by filmmakers 22 years old and younger from around the world.  A short documentary, Transformative examines the experience of a transgender teen and our current political climate.  Heart of Gold, by Miles Andersen, Josh Gaynor-Cote, Willow Hudson and Jesse Romero, will screen in the Seattle International Film Festival’s FutureWave showcase on Monday, May 29 at the Uptown Theater at 1:30 pm.  FutureWave strives to show the best short films in the world by youth 18 years old and younger.  (Click here to purchase tickets!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.  

Both films are currently available on the DFP vimeo site.  (Just click on the title to screenTransformative or Heart of Gold.)  


New works by students in the Digital Filmmaking Program will be screened at the BHS Film Festival on Saturday, June 17 in the Ballard High School auditorium at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be sold at the door.