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.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

ACADEMY NOMINATES BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKERS


The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced nominees for the Northwest High School Awards of Excellence.  These awards celebrate the most outstanding productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.  Productions are nominated by NATAS industry professionals.  Students from the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program earned seventeen nominations, more than twice the number of any other school or organization in the five-state region.  The winners will be announced on June 3 at the 54th Annual Northwest Emmy Awards.  

Ballard’s nominations span seven categories, reflecting the diverse skills students learn in the program.  These are the nominations by category. 

Best Short Form Fiction:
Comeback by Skala Leake, Avery Davis, Aaron Miller & Cameron Miller

Missing Sister by Veronica Redpath, Miles Andersen & Willow Hudson


Best Short Form Non-Fiction:
Living Honestly by PJ Hase & Skala Leake

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


Best Long Form Non-Fiction:
9066 by Maya Konz, Nolan Baker, Bailey Wall & Kajsa Woolford

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

Still a Winner by Veronica Redpath, Elliott Atkinson, Jonathan Bowers & Robyn Wrey


Best Public Service Announcement:
CIDR, Disease Fighter by Maddie Lausted, Elliott Russell & Karla Torres


Best Audio/Sound
Comeback by Skala Leake, Avery Davis, Aaron Miller & Cameron Miller

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


Best Photographer/Editor:
Frozen in Debt by Cecilia O’Rollins, Annabelle Bowman-Mohn, Bergen Johnson & Miles Whitworth 

Comeback by Skala Leake, Avery Davis, Aaron Miller & Cameron Miller

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


Best Writer
Comeback by Skala Leake, Avery Davis, Aaron Miller & Cameron Miller

Dented Dream by Nicholas Fay, Arturo Rodriguez & Robbie Wilbur

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

Still a Winner by Veronica Redpath, Elliott Atkinson, Jonathan Bowers & Robyn Wrey


This makes the eleventh year in a row that Ballard High School film students have been nominated by the Academy.  Last year they received 13 nominations. 

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