Sunday, May 03, 2015


Students from Ballard High School's Digital Filmmaking Program took two prizes at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY).

Lyric Gonzalez, Bergen Johnson, Leo Pfeifer, Stephanie Shao, and Meagen Tajalle took 1st Prize in the 48-Hour Film Off. This filmmaking competition gave teams of students from various high school production programs 48 hours to produce a short film that included a given line of dialogue (“It’s a state of mind.”), character (a pirate), and theme (see summer). The Ballard team created a mockumentary about an inept movie pirate. Their prize was a $1,500 donation to Ballard's Digital Filmmaking Program. BHS is now the only school ever to win the competition twice. (They received 2nd Prize last year, and won the competition last time in 2010.)

Ballard filmmakers Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy and Leo Pfeifer also won the Audience Award from NFFTY’s “Come as You Are” program of shorts films. Their winning short was Clipped Wings, a documentary about the ban on gays in the Boy Scouts of America. To see Clipped Wings and other productions from the Ballard Digital Filmmaking Program, visit .

The winner of the 48-Hour Film Off will be screened at the Ballard Film Festival on Friday, June 5 at 7 pm in the Ballard High School auditorium.