Sunday, May 21, 2017


NFFTY Audience Award winners Mo Brown, Sorcha Marron, Claire Elliott, and Krystelle Kurz

Transformative, by Mo Brown, Claire Elliott, Krystelle Kurz and Sorcha Marron, recently won the Audience Award at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) in the Come As You Are showcase.  (The award was particularly flattering as they were the youngest filmmakers in competition.)  In addition, two more international film festivals have chosen to feature work by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program this spring.

Transformative was also an Official Selection at CineYouth early this month.  The annual event is a project of the Chicago International Film Festival.  The showcase celebrates outstanding short films made by filmmakers 22 years old and younger from around the world.  A short documentary, Transformative examines the experience of a transgender teen and our current political climate.  Heart of Gold, by Miles Andersen, Josh Gaynor-Cote, Willow Hudson and Jesse Romero, will screen in the Seattle International Film Festival’s FutureWave showcase on Monday, May 29 at the Uptown Theater at 1:30 pm.  FutureWave strives to show the best short films in the world by youth 18 years old and younger.  (Click here to purchase tickets!Heart of Gold follows a student through her final year of high school - a year complicated by a life-threatening medical condition, a stroke, and a heart transplant.  

Both films are currently available on the DFP vimeo site.  (Just click on the title to screenTransformative or Heart of Gold.)  

New works by students in the Digital Filmmaking Program will be screened at the BHS Film Festival on Saturday, June 17 in the Ballard High School auditorium at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be sold at the door.