Saturday, October 08, 2011


Nate Sawtell, Dylan Spence, and Louis Weissman have been named winners in the Teen Division of the 35th Annual Young People’s Film & Video Festival for their digital film Safe at Last.

This competitive regional festival is coordinated by the Northwest Film Center in Portland, Oregon. It accepts entries from students in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Alaska. This year’s winners were selected from over 300 entries by a panel of filmmakers and educators. Celebrating originality, freshness, authenticity and conviction in the voices of young filmmakers, the Festival is divided into two sections: a Kids Division of works created by youth K-8, and a Teen Division of works created by teens in grades 9 – 12. This is the seventh year in a row that students in the BHS Video Production Program have been winners at the event.

The Festival Winners of the Teen Division will be screened on Saturday, November 19 at 1 p.m. at the Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium (1219 SW Park, Portland, Oregon). Following the screening, there will be a reception and panel discussion for winners and audience members to meet this year's festival jurors. The event is free, and the public is welcome to attend.