Thursday, May 23, 2019


The Ballard Film Festival (BFF) will be Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m. in the Ballard High School auditorium.  This is a screening of new work by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program. The festival will feature short documentaries, client-based ads and PSA’s, as well as a selection of award-winning productions from this school year.  Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for students) will be sold at the door.

Films that premiere at the BFF frequently go on to win honors from various film festivals and professional organizations.  This semester alone, BHS film students earned top prizes at two international film festivals (the STARdance Film Festival in Los Angeles, and the Discover the World of Communications Film Festival in Washington D.C.), 18 nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (envelopes to by opened at the NW Emmy Awards), 18 awards and honors from the NW High School Film Festival, and Best Student Film from the state-wide Shoreline Short Short Film Festival.  (Films screened at previous BFF’s can now be seen on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo site.)

All funds raised by the BFF will benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program.

Thursday, May 16, 2019


Students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program led the pack of winners at the Northwest High School Film Festival (NWHSFF), claiming eighteen awards and honors across seven different categories at the Cinerama Theater in downtown Seattle.  Currently in its 21st year, the NWHSFF is the largest and longest running festival in the Puget Sound region exclusively for high school filmmakers.  Hundreds of students competed for awards in twelve different production categories.

In addition to the awards for her Dramatic Narrative, PSA, and Music Video, junior Marley Rankin won a full scholarship to a summer program at Studio School in Los Angeles.  Studio School is the first college film program created in a motion picture studio.
The festival was judged by a panel of industry professionals and college media professors.  It was organized by the Media Educators for Excellence Team (MEET), an inter-district organization of high school media arts teachers.  Festival sponsors included The Seattle Film Institute, Brain Buffet, Central Washington University, Montana State University, The Prodigy Camp, Seattle University, Studio School, 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 15 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.  (Many of these can be seen on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo channel at

Art Film
  Saia Dugan, Evan Fekete, Jasper Laur, Fiona Paskoff

Comedic Narrative
  Musical!!!! The Musical
  Evan Fekete, Owen Russell, Robbie Wilbur

  Everett Harley, Ransom Miller, Kenzo Rutledge

Dramatic Narrative
  Liam Bonds, Zach Boone, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas
  Max Beaulieu, Emma Lee, Marley Rankin

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

Public Service Announcement
  Superhero Award Ceremony
  Hadley Molman, Grace Stromatt, Jasper Swift, Hannah Weaver  
  Olivia Flego-Wirth, Madison Jackson-Hite, Marley Rankin, Sebastian Zufelt

  Liv D’Arche, Brendan Hickey, Ben Murphy, Talin Phillips
  Dani Edwards, Emma Inge, Addison Lepse, Fiona Paskoff

Comedic Narrative
  Take Out
   Brendan Hickey, Claire Kilkenny, Rachel Warshaw

  Haze for Dayz
  Fiona Paskoff, Ben Murphy, Robbie Wilbur

Music Video
  Brendan Hickey, Maddie Lausted, Lily Tatge

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

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