Monday, May 26, 2008

And the Winners are... Ballard Video Students

Two productions by Ballard High School video students have been selected for honors by the National Student Television Awards in the northwest region. The awards are a project of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the professional organization that gives the Emmy Awards) and honor the best in student television production. The regional awards celebrate the most outstanding productions from five northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.

Justin Amorratanasuchad, Mike Hipp & Devon Sizemore won the Writing category for their satirical short “Spaced Out.” The Honorable Mention in that same category went to Will Livesley-O’Neill, Evangeline Spracklin & Ben Steiner for their short “The End is Near.” The students will be honored at the 45th Annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards on June 7th. Both productions were also honored recently by the Northwest High School Film Festival and the National Film Festival for Talented Youth.

Meanwhile in Westport, Connecticut, the international Westport Youth Film Festival announced this year’s winners. Justin Amorratanasuchad, Colin Colebrook & Jacob Fabian won the competitive PSA category for their 60 second spot “SDA: Wash Your Hands.” WYFF is designed to provide an outlet for young filmmakers to share their work in a professional environment and receive constructive criticism from a combination of peers and professionals. The festival screens “the best international and national high school and middle school films.”

All of these awarded productions will be screened at The Showing this Friday, May 30 at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium. The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5.