Monday, February 18, 2013


Nine works by students in the Ballard High School Video Production Program have been named finalists in the 17th Annual Derek Freese Youth Media Film Festival.  This prestigious festival draws competition from high school filmmakers throughout the nation and is judged by professors from Temple University’s renowned School of Film and Media Arts, acclaimed filmmakers, and members of the Derek Freese Foundation. 

The finalists will be screened and prizes awarded in each category during the festival from 4 – 7 pm on Saturday, February 23rd at Temple University’s Annenberg Hall in Philadelphia.

Four of the honored productions can be seen in The Showing this Friday, February 22 at 7 pm in the Ballard High School auditorium.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and will be sold at the door.  The funds raised will help send students to Los Angeles to tour the film and television industry and related college programs. 

Here are Ballard’s finalists:

Nominated for Best Documentary:

Deep Down by Isaiah Hoban-Halversen, Kaila Lafferty & Oona Lowe

Impact by Kenton King, Jacob Scott & Mackenzie Wright

My Little Brony by Vann Fulfs, Taylor Martin & Bryan Quandt 

Unbroken by Marlene Andersen, Adhem Morsi & Cooper Rickards

Nominated for Best Editing:

Dream House, a dramatic short by Ariahna Ghormley, Ana Krafchick & Louis Weissman

Great Mimes Think Alike, a comedic short by Will Slater, Michael Vitz-Wong & Kiana Wyld

Sunlight, a dramatic short by Isaiah Hoban-Halversen & Kenji Takada-Dill

Nominated for Best Fiction:

The Number by Alex Guettler, Ana Krafchick & Helen Miller

Sundown by Vann Fulfs, Bryan Quandt & Jacob Scott