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    Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program 

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    Since its beginning in the fall of 2001, students from the Ballard Digital Filmmaking Program have won hundreds of awards at regional, national, and international film festivals. Based on their portfolios they have won honors from the National YoungArts Foundation and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (at the Northwest Emmy Awards) and consistently gained admission to prestigious college film and television programs, sometimes with large scholarships and advanced placement. (Recent graduates have gone on to the Australian Film, Television & Radio School, Chapman University, Columbia College of Chicago, Emerson College, Loyola Marymount University, New York University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Southern California – all college programs ranked by the Hollywood Reporter as among the best for film and television production in the world.) They have also been invited to show their work and make presentations at the Seattle Art Museum, numerous film festivals, and conferences. The program has provided professional production internships through a variety of media organizations and businesses, television shows, and feature films. A Professional Advisory Committee supports the program.


    How to Apply

    The Digital Filmmaking Program is open to BHS students of all grades. Students planning to pursue degrees or careers in film/television production, broadcast journalism, art, advertising, media studies, or public relations should enroll no later than their sophomore year to begin to build a portfolio that meets college and industry application requirements. To enter the Program, an application is required for the two semester class. Students successfully completing each year of the program are invited to apply for the next. The program is potentially four years, giving students the opportunity to build diverse portfolios. The classes are electives, fulfill either the Fine Art or the Occupational Education requirement, and result in a digital portfolio. Refer to the Course Catalog pdf icon for more information.


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    BHS Digital Filmmaking Blog: bhsvideo.blogspot.com
    DFP Films: vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram

    Awards & Honors List  

    Contact:
    Matt Lawrence
    Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking
    206-252-1117 or mplawrence@seattleschools.org


    Digital Filmmaking Program Application pdf icon
    Deadline for Grade 8 Tuesday May 11, 2018
    Deadline for Grade 9 Thursday March 23, 2018

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    Breaking News & Past Program Highlights!  

    BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL FILM STUDENTS GO TO HOLLYWOOD | March 2018

    Film Students in LAThis month, a dozen students in the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program travelled to Los Angeles to visit college film and television programs, catch up with BHS film alumni, tour the industry, and meet with professional filmmakers. The trip included Chapman University, Emerson College, Loyola Marymount University, and the University of Southern California – all colleges ranked by the Hollywood Reporter as among the best film schools in the country. In addition to official tours, the students received the inside scoop from recent graduates of the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program who are currently attending, or have graduated from, these colleges.

    At Chapman University, the students met with Sophie DeGreen (’16) and Sho Schrock (’16). Sophie is majoring in Film Production, and Sho, Creative Producing. Lorenzo Rossi (BHS ’14) is currently at the Los Angeles campus of Emerson College. The LA campus allows film majors at this Boston college to work an internship in the film industry as they complete their degree. At Loyola Marymount, students met with Matt Law- Phipps (BHS ’10, LMU ‘15). Matt has a production business in Los Angeles and moonlights as an actor. (You can see him currently as Kendrick in The Payne’s on the Oprah Winfrey Network.) The students met Rikke Heinecke (BHS ’11, USC ‘15) at the University of Southern California. Rikke is currently producing music videos for major artists such as Justin Bieber and The Chainsmokers.

    The students also toured Warner Brothers and Universal Studios, and attended a live multi-camera shoot of a television episode (Mom, with Allison Janney). They also met with industry professionals to discuss their craft and careers. On the itinerary were writer/producer Jason Cahill (Writers Guild of America award winner for The Sopranos) in addition to BHS Digital Filmmaking Program alumni such as writer Brendan McCarthy (BHS ’04, NYU ’07) – nominated this year for a Writers’ Guild of America award for his work on Grace and Frankie – production manager Mixtli Zavaleta (BHS ’07, UW-Seattle ’11), and writer/director Jesse Harris (BHS ’04). Harris’s second feature film, Borrego, is currently in development. 

    For more information on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program, visit bhsvideo.blogspot.com.
    BALLARD FILMMAKERS HONORED AT SHORELINE SHORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL | March 2018

    The Shoreline Short Shorts Film Festival (SSSFF) presented the prize for Best Student Film to students from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program last night at Shoreline Community Digial Film StudentsCollege. Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek & Bailey Wall won the award for their film Bottled Emotions. The short concerns a man with the magical ability to steal and bottle other people’s emotions. Another short by Ballard film students, I’ll be There by Maureen Brown, Claude Brun and Veronica Redpath, was also an Official Selection at the festival.

    The festival accepts work from professional filmmakers as well as college and high school students throughout Washington. From the 91 films submitted, only 14 were selected for the festival. This is the second annual event, and the second year in a row that students from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program have been prize-winners at the festival.

    Both films can be seen on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page at vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram. For more information, visit bhsvideo.blogspot.com 

     


    MORE HONORS FOR BALLARD'S DIGITAL FILMMAKING STUDENTS | February 2018

    CINE LogoContinuing their winning streak since fall, students in Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program scored two more awards for their work. The documentary 9066 by Nolan Baker, Maya Konz, Bailey Wall and Kajsa Woolford was named a CINE Golden Eagle Finalist for Youth Documentary. The student producers were invited to a CINE Celebrates reception in New York.

    The Golden Eagle awards honor excellence in media production through criteria focused on storytelling, originality, and meeting the needs of the intended audience. For six decades, the Council on International Non- theatrical Events (CINE) has recognized and encouraged new talent while honoring the achievements of established media makers. Their honorary board of directors includes such luminaries as Ken Burns, Bill Moyers, and Steven Spielberg.

    Also during the fall semester, City’Scape by Jonathan Bowers, Brendan Hickey, and Gracie Morris won 2nd Prize in the Experimental category at the Philadelphia Youth Film Festival. Tom Myers of Skywalker Sound led the jury for the Experimental category. Both films can be seen online at vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram 

     


    DON’T MISS NEW SHORTS FROM BALLARD’S AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKERS! | February 2018

    Everyone is invited to a screening of new work by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program. The Ballard Film Festival (BFF) will be on Saturday, February 10 at 7 pm in the Ballard High School auditorium. The screening will feature short comedies and dramas, advertisements, and documentaries. Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for students) will be sold at the door. 

    Films that first screen at the BFF are frequently honored by film festivals. BHS film students hit the ground running this fall with eight Official Selections in the international All American High School Film Festival, four national nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, three winners at Fresh Film Northwest, the premiere of their documentary at the Pacific Science Center IMAX, and a top prize from the National YoungArts Foundation. 

    Funds raised will benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program. This year, a dozen film students will travel to Los Angeles to visit prestigious college film production programs, tour the industry, and meet with professional filmmakers. Your support helps make trips such as this possible for any student in the program.

    BALLARD FILM STUDENT WINS TOP HONOR FROM NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION | Dec 2017

    Wylie Soltes, a senior in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program, has been awardedWylie Soltes  Finalist in Cinematic Arts by the National YoungArts Foundation for his short film Richard. Finalist is the top prize.

    The YoungArts program identifies and supports young talent in the areas of music, theater, visual arts, dance, photography, writing, and cinematic arts. Soltes’s film was selected from thousands of submissions through a blind adjudication process by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists.

    After high school, Soltes plans to study film production in college. He pitched Richard to his filmmaking class last winter. The story concerns a stolen tool kit that creates a bond between two adversaries. Stoles worked with co-producers Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, Aaron Mamaril, and Ian Colbeck to realize his vision. Richard had its premiere at the international All American High School Film Festival in New York City in early October, and screened at the Portland Art Museum in November as a winner in Fresh Film Northwest – a festival that receives competition from 5 Northwest states as well as the province of British Columbia. Richard can now be seen online at vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram.com.

    As a Finalist, YoungArts will fly Soltes to Miami in January for a week of networking and mentoring with other promising young filmmakers and professionals (such as award-winning director, producer, editor, writer, and cinematographer Doug Blush). In addition, Soltes will be sharing his film with the public at Miami’s New World Center. YoungArts will also provide Soltes with financial assistance for college.

    Soltes is the eighth YoungArts winner from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program in the last five years. Others have gone on to top-ranked college programs for film and television. For more information on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program, visit bhsvideo.blogspot.com.

    Ballard’s Documentary for IMAX Gets a Big Screen Premiere | November 2017

    On the Backs of Salmon
    , a short documentary produced for IMAX and the United Nations Environment by students in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program, will have its big screen premiere at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center IMAX on Thursday, November 9 at 6 pm. The short will be followed by Q & A with the filmmakers. It will be shown at a members-only screening of the new 3D nature documentary, Amazon Adventure, but IMAX has reserved 75 seats for the Ballard filmmakers and their entourage.

    The project is the result of the IMAX “In Focus” program. In partnership with the United Nations Environment, IMAX consulted with the All American High School Film Festival to select five “exemplary” filmmaking programs from across the US to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals #13-15: Climate Action, Life Below Water, and Life on Land. Each participating program received a $5,000 grant. The goal was to encourage students interested in filmmaking to use their talents to develop films that promote change.

    On the Backs of Salmon tells the encouraging story behind the largest dam removal in world history – the Elwha on the Olympic Peninsula. The students were inspired by this story because it shows the power of people to change things, and the power of nature to bounce back. It premiered online last spring during the UN’s World Environment Day, and was screened this fall at the All American High School Film Festival in New York City.

    For more information, visit bhsvideo.blogspot.com and don't miss the King-5 news interview of "Ballard High School Students Create Documentary On the Backs of Salmon".

    BALLARD FILMMAKERS WIN AT FIVE-STATE FESTIVAL | November 2017

    Fresh Films LogoThree short films produced by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program are winners at Fresh Film Northwest (nwfilm.org/films/41st-fresh-film-northwest-winning-program/). This competitive regional festival is coordinated by the Northwest Film Center in Portland, Oregon. It accepts entries from filmmakers ages 13 to 19 in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. This is the thirteenth year in a row that students from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program have been among the winners.

    The winning films include a documentary, an animation piece, and a short comedy. The documentary 9066 (vimeo.com/190324486), by Maya Konz, Bailey Wall, Kajsa Woolford, and Nolan Baker, tells the story of the internment of US citizens of Japanese ancestry during WWII. The film has already won numerous awards, including First Prize at the Domonique Dunne Film Festival, best Long Form Non-Fiction in the student division at the Northwest Emmy Awards, and an Award of Excellence in Documentary at the Northwest High School Film Festival.

    In the short comedy, Richard (vimeo.com/241064287), by Wylie Soltes, Ian Colbeck, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, and Aaron Mamaril, a stolen tool kit creates a bond between two strangers with little in common. Richard premiered at the All American High School Film Festival in New York City last month. Also among the winners is the short Tidal Cruiser, produced independently by Ballard film student Brendan Hickey.

    A jury of filmmakers and educators screened over one hundred entries from across the five state region to select winners for the festival. The festival winners will be screened at the Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium this Saturday, November 4 at 11 am. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

    Ballard film students also received an Honorable Mention for their experimental short City‘Scape, by Brendan Hickey, Jonathan Bowers and Gracie Morris. City‘Scape is also a Finalist in the experimental category of the Philadelphia Youth Film Festival. For more information on the Digital Filmmaking Program, visit bhsvideo.blogspot.com

    Coraline at the Majestic Bay – Support Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program! | October 2017


    Ballard’s Majestic Bay Theatre screened Coraline on Sat, Oct 28, 2017. Tickets $10 each. Proceeds will benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program at Ballard High School.Poster of Coraline at Majestic Bay

    If you live in Ballard, chances are you frequent the Majestic Bay Theatres (majesticbay.com). And if you’ve seen a film at the Bay, chances are you’ve seen A Trip to the Groovies (vimeo.com/135502434), the policy trailer produced by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program.

    For years, the Majestic Bay showed A Trip to the Movies to inform audiences of theater rules and etiquette. A mock instructional film set in what appears to be 1960, the trailer follows two children, Russ and Ellen, as they navigate the process of movie-going. When the Bay went digital in 2014, they needed a policy trailer in a digital format. Rather than purchasing a ready-made trailer, the Bay invited the Digital Filmmaking Program at BHS to produce one. The film students were thrilled! After considering various ideas, Ballard’s filmmakers decided to follow Russ and Ellen to the movies again – this time in 1977. The challenging concept required period vehicles, costumes, hair, make-up, and actors who might possibly be the original Russ and Ellen - seventeen years later.

    The Majestic Bay was so pleased with the new trailer that they made an immediate donation and also pledged to host an annual fundraiser for the Digital Filmmaking Program. The screening of Coraline on October 28 is the third annual event, and will be preceded by A Trip to the Groovies. So that future audiences will continue to appreciate the parody elements in the new trailer, the Bay also had the former trailer digitized to show from time to time. Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program provides state-of-the-art equipment and professional experiences for students, and has a well-established record of preparing students for college and careers in media-related fields. It is funded largely by support from the Ballard community, thanks to partners such as The Majestic Bay. For more information, visit bhsvideo.blogspot.com.


    Ballard Film Students Win National Award From Academy | October 2017

    When the envelopes were opened at Emerson College in Los Angeles on Oct. 3, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced Comeback, a dramatic short by Awards GraphicSkala Leake, Aaron Miller, Cameron Miller and Avery Davis, as winner of a National Student Production Award for best Audio/Sound. In addition to working with the audio recording and mixing, Avery Davis composed an original score for the film.

    This is the second year NATAS has given student awards at the national level, and the second year Ballard film students have been among the winners. A minority of regional winners from 19 chapters across the country are nominated at the national level. Comeback was also nominated for best Writer and best Short Form Fiction film. Another film by Ballard students, 9066 (by Maya Konz, Bailey Wall, Kajsa Woolford and Nolan Baker) was nominated for best Long Form Non-Fiction film. The films were judged by members of the Academy, as well as college media professors. Both films can be viewed on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page at vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram  For more information, and to screen the awards presentation, visit emmyonline.com/nationalstudent Ballard’s honored productions had their premieres at the Ballard Film Festival (BFF). The next BFF will be on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and will be sold at the door.


    International Festival To Screen Work by BHS Filmmakers | October 2017

    Breaking News!   |   Read the news article in My Ballard!

    Eight films by twenty-seven students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program will screen next week at the All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF). This competitive festival receives entries from high school filmmakers throughout the country as well as other nations. The event runs October 6 - 8 in New York City at the Center for Social Innovation, AMC Theatres Times Square, and the historic Kings Theater. Prestigious judges such as screenwriter Diablo Cody, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, and actors Kristen Stewart and Dylan McDermott evaluated the films. Official Selections are eligible for prizes presented at the Teen Indie Awards at the conclusion of the festival.  Select "Read More" for more information.  In addition to the Official Selections, a short documentary that Ballard film students produced for IMAX and the United Nations will also screen at the festival. Only five high school filmmaking programs in the nation were chosen by IMAX and the AAHSFF to create these projects. Ballard was selected due to the quality work BHS film students have brought to the AAHSFF on a regular basis. (Ballard films have been finalists for top awards such as Best PSA, Best Documentary, Best Drama, Best Directing, Best Screenplay, and Best Overall Film.) The documentary is titled On the Backs of Salmon and was produced for IMAX by Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall, Aaron Miller, Cecilia O’Rollins, & Miles Whitworth. Here, by category, are the Official Selections by Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking students.

    DOCUMENTARY | Fat Friday by Chris Barrett, Jessica Luecke & Zoe Zillig | Heart of Gold by Miles Andersen, Willow Hudson, Josh Gaynor-Cote & Jesse Romero | Transformative by Mo Brown, Claire Elliott, Krystelle Kurz & Sorcha Maron

    DRAMA |Clover Four Confidence by Annabelle Bowman-Mohn, Josh Gaynor-Cote & Brynn Miller  | Frozen in Debt by Annabelle Bowman-Mohn, Bergen Johnson, Cecilia O’Rollins & Miles Whitworth

    Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy |Richard by Ian Colbeck, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, Aaron Mamaril & While Soltes

    One film produced independently by BHS film students also made the festival: Solo by Elliott Atkinson and Zach Boone is an Official Selection in the Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy category.

    Academy Nominates Ballard Film Students for National Student Production Awards | Sept 2017

    The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has nominated students in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program for four National Student Production Awards. These  nominees were selected from winners at regional Emmy Awards ceremonies across the NATAS Logonation.

    Nominated for best Long Form Non-Fiction is 9066, a documentary about the internment of US citizens of Japanese ancestry during WWII by Maya Konz, Bailey Wall, Kajsa Woolford and Nolan Baker. Nominated for best Short-Form Fiction, best Writer, and best Audio/Sound is Comeback by Skala Leake, Aaron Miller, Cameron Miller & Avery Davis. Comeback is a story of a soccer player coping with a life-altering setback. The nominated productions can be viewed on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram The awards presentation will be live-streamed from the Los Angeles campus of Emerson College on Tuesday, October 3rd at noon, and will be hosted by television personality Tom Bergeron, star and host of AVC’s Dancing with the Stars. You can view the presentation at https://www.facebook.com/TheEmmys 

    The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has presented High School Awards of Excellence for years to celebrate and promote the most outstanding high school television productions from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The Academy created a national level for these awards just last year, and Ballard filmmakers won best Music Video and best Photographer/Editor. This year, the four nominations place Ballard in the lead among national nominees from the Northwest Chapter.


    IMAX and UN Environment Release Documentary by BHS Film Students | June 2017

    Photo of students filming at a riverOn the Backs of Salmon, one of two documentaries produced by students in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program for IMAX, premiered on June 5 on IMAX’s and UN Environment’s websites. The premiere was timed to coincide with the United Nations’ World Environment Day – the largest annual event for global actions to protect the environment. “We are so proud of the work created by these budding filmmakers, which shines a light on important environmental issues as well as their own creative abilities,” said IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond.  The project is the result of a partnership between IMAX In Focus (a component of IMAX Big Picture, their social responsibility effort) and United Nations’ Environment. Ballard’s DFP was one of only five “exemplary” high school film programs across the nation chosen by IMAX and the All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF) in New York City to produce environmental documentaries. “We identified programs that… consistently submitted quality work,” said Tom Oliva, AAHSFF Executive Director. IMAX awarded $5,000 to each program. “The In Focus program aligns seamlessly with what we strive to achieve” Oliva said, “cultivating young filmmakers and recognizing their talented work.” 

    “The release of these documentaries on World Environment Day is a fitting testament to the importance of empowering our youth to use their voices to drive change for a better tomorrow,” said UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim. “We support IMAX’s commitment to helping young filmmakers share these stories with a larger audience, hopefully resulting in changes that create a healthier environment.”   Don't miss the King-5 news interview of "Ballard High School Students Create Documentary".

    BALLARD FILMS FEATURED AT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS | May 2017

    (Photo info: 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 BHS Digital Filmmaking Program this spring.  Transformative, a short documentary about the experience of a transgender teen and our current political climate, was also an Official Selection at CineYouth early this month. This 13th annual event is a project of the Chicago International Film Festival. The showcase celebrates short films made by filmmakers 22 years old and younger from around the world. 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 ( www.siff.net/festival/film-programs-and-competitions/futurewave ) on Monday, May 29 at the Uptown Theater at 1:30 pm. This screening strives to show the best short films in the world by youth 18 years old and younger. 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. To purchase tickets, visit www.siff.net/festival/box-office New works by students in the Digital Filmmaking Program are screened at the Ballard Film Festival.

    BHS Filmmakers Win Big at the Emmy Awards | May/June 2017

    Students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program won five High School Awards ofNW Emmy Award Winners Excellence at the Northwest Emmy Awards on June 3. Best Long Form Non-Fiction film went to 9066, a documentary about the internment of US citizens of Japanese ancestry during WWII by Maya Konz, Bailey Wall, Kajsa Woolford & Nolan Baker. Best Short Form Fiction film, best Writer, best Photographer/Editor and best Audio/Sound went to Comeback by Skala Leake, Aaron Miller, Cameron Miller & Avery Davis. Comeback is the story of a soccer player coping with a life-altering setback. Both films are online at vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram

    The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) presents High School Awards of Excellence to celebrate and promote the most outstanding high school television productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Members of the professional Academy select the nominees and winners. This is the third year in a row Ballard High School film students have led the pack of winners.


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    Academy Nominates Ballard High School Filmmakers | May 2017

     The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced nominees for the Northwest High School Awards of Excellence. These awards celebrate the most outstanding productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Productions are nominated by NATAS industry professionals. Students from the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program earned seventeen nominations, more than twice the number of any other school or organization in the five-state region. The winners will be announced on June 3 at the 54th Annual Northwest Emmy Awards. Ballard’s nominations span seven categories, reflecting the diverse skills students learn in the program. These are the nominations by category.
    Some of the productions can be screened on the DFP vimeo site at the links included below.

    Best Short Form Fiction:

    Comeback by Skala Leake, Avery Davis, Aaron Miller & Cameron Miller | vimeo.com/190952853
    Missing Sister by Veronica Redpath, Miles Andersen & Willow Hudson

    Best Short Form Non-Fiction:

    Living Honestly by PJ Hase & Skala Leake | vimeo.com/180127569
    Transformative by Krystelle Kurz, Mo Brown, Claire Elliott & Sorcha Marron | vimeo.com/178537633

    Best Long Form Non-Fiction:

    9066 by Maya Konz, Nolan Baker, Bailey Wall & Kajsa Woolford | vimeo.com/190324486
    Heart of Gold by Miles Andersen, Josh-Gaynor Cote, Willow Hudson & Jesse Romero | vimeo.com/207728173
    Still a Winner by Veronica Redpath, Elliott Atkinson, Jonathan Bowers & Robyn Wrey

    Best Public Service Announcement:

    CIDR, Disease Fighter by Maddie Lausted, Elliott Russell & Karla Torres

    Best Audio/Sound

    Comeback by Skala Leake, Avery Davis, Aaron Miller & Cameron Miller | vimeo.com/190952853
    Transformative by Krystelle Kurz, Mo Brown, Claire Elliott & Sorcha Marron | vimeo.com/178537633

    Best Photographer/Editor:

    Frozen in Debt by Cecilia O’Rollins, Annabelle Bowman-Mohn, Bergen Johnson & Miles Whitworth
    Comeback by Skala Leake, Avery Davis, Aaron Miller & Cameron Miller | vimeo.com/190952853
    Heart of Gold by Miles Andersen, Josh-Gaynor Cote, Willow Hudson & Jesse Romero | vimeo.com/207728173

    Best Writer:

    Comeback by Skala Leake, Avery Davis, Aaron Miller & Cameron Miller | vimeo.com/190952853
    Dented Dream by Nicholas Fay, Arturo Rodriguez & Robbie Wilbur
    Heart of Gold by Miles Andersen, Josh-Gaynor Cote, Willow Hudson & Jesse Romero | vimeo.com/207728173
    Still a Winner by Veronica Redpath, Elliott Atkinson, Jonathan Bowers & Robyn Wrey

    This makes the eleventh year in a row that Ballard High School film students have been nominated by the Academy. Last year they received 13 nominations. 


    NFFTY TO FEATURE SHORTS BY BHS FILMMAKERS | April 2017

    Two short films by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program have been named Official Selections of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY).  This competitive, international festival showcases outstanding work by filmmakers age 24 and younger. NFFTY is a rare opportunity for high school students to share the spotlight with college students from our nation’s best undergraduate and graduate film schools. This year NFFTY will feature films from 27 countries. NFFTY opens at the Seattle Cinerama Theater on Thurs, April 27 through Sun, April 30 at the Seattle Center. 

    The Official Selections from Ballard are both documentaries. Transformative, by Maureen Brown, Claire Elliott, Krystelle Kurz and Sorcha Marron, examines the experience of a transgender teen and our current political climate. It will be shown in the Come as You Are screening at the Uptown Cinema 1 on Saturday, April 29 at 3:30. Transformative is the only selection in this screening not produced by college students. My Bike & Me, by Braiden Hayes, Bergen Johnson and Cameron Miller, follows resilient college freshman Duncan Bozko as he learns to ride a bike. It will be featured in the UpperLeftUSA screening at the Uptown Cinema 2 on Sunday, April 30 at 1 pm. Both screenings will have an Audience Award, so come and vote!


    BHS also has a team competing in the 48-hour Film Off. Teams from various high schools have two days to produce a short from start to finish. The winner (selected in part by the audience) will win funds for their school’s production program. Ballard’s team consists of Aven Fay, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, Krystelle Kurz, Jessica Lueck, and Wylie Soltes, You can catch the 48-Hour Film Off – and cast your vote - on Saturday, April 29 at 11 am at the Uptown Cinema 1. In addition to screenings and awards, NFFTY includes forums on filmmaking. For a complete schedule of events, show times, and ticket information, visit www.nffty.org.

    NFFTY itself is the brainchild of Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking alumnus Jesse Harris (’04). Harris made history in 2004 when Living Life, the feature film he had written and directed as a senior project, was purchased by FilmMates and given a theatrical release.  (It opened in Seattle in April, 2005.)  The festival was co-founded by Harris, Kyle Seago (’07) – a Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking student at the time - and Jocelyn RC (Bellevue High School, ’07). A growing list of sponsors and partners paved the way for this tenth annual event. For more information on the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program, visit bhsvideo.blogspot.com or vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram


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    BHS FILMMAKERS WIN AT PRESTIGIOUS FILM COMPETITION | Mar 2017

    Three shorts by twelve students in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program have won honors at the Dominique Dunne Film Competition in Colorado Springs. The competition actively seeks and invites entries from schools with outstanding film programs throughout the United States and abroad. It has only two categories: Documentary and Dramatic Narrative. Each school is limited to only four entries.

    Maya Konz, Nolan Baker, Bailey Wall and Kajsa Woolford won 1st Prize in the Documentary category for 9066  | vimeo.com/190324486, a film about the internment of citizens of Japanese ancestry during World War II. Also recognized in Documentary was Heart of Gold vimeo.com/207728173 by Miles Andersen, Josh Gaynor-Cote, Willow Hudson and Jesse Romero. It received an Honorable Mention. 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. In the Dramatic category, Avery Davis, Aaron Miller, Cameron Miller, and Skala Leake received an Honorable Mention for Comeback | vimeo.com/190952853, the story of a soccer player facing a serious setback.
        
    The students will receive cash prizes for each honor, as well as written critiques from members of the competitions prestigious Advisory Board, including producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. (of The Samuel Goldwyn Company and Samuel Goldwyn Films), actor/director Griffin Dunne (An American Werewolf in London, After Hours) and producer/ director/actor Ed Sherin (Law & Order). Students from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program won three of the six honors given by the competition. The other schools winning honors were the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, and Perth Modern School in Australia. This is the fifth year in a row that students from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program have been among the winners at the competition. For more info on the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program, visit bhsvideo.blogspot.com 


    BALLARD FILM STUDENT WINS HONORS FROM NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION | Nov 2016

    Photo of Skala LeakeSkala Leake, a junior in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program, has been awarded an Honorable Mention in Cinematic Arts by the National YoungArts Foundation for her short film Comeback. The award was given in recognition of the “exceptional artistic achievement” evident in her work. Honorable Mention is the second tier of honors awarded by YoungArts, above the Merit Award and second only to their top prize.

    The YoungArts program identifies and supports young talent in the areas of music, theater, visual arts, photography, writing, and cinematic arts. Skala’s work was selected for honors from thousands of submissions through a blind adjudication process by a nationally and internationally renowned panel of judges, master teachers, and artists. She pitched Comeback to her filmmaking class last winter. It was selected for production, and she worked with classmates Avery Davis, Cameron Miller, and Aaron Miller to realize her story of a promising soccer player facing a life-altering setback. Since premiering at the Ballard Film Festival last June, Comeback had its national premiere at the All American High School Film Festival in New York City in early October, and was screened at the Portland Art Museum on November 12 as a winner in Fresh Film Northwest – a festival that receives competition from 5 Northwest states as well as the province of British Columbia. Comeback can now be seen online at vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram . After high school, Skala plans to study media arts in college.

    The award comes with a college recommendation from YoungArts, as well as an invitation for Skala to participate in the YoungArts regional programs. Previous YoungArts winners in the Digital Filmmaking Program have gone on to top-ranked college programs for film and television and successful careers in the film industry. For more information on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program, visit bhsvideo.blogspot.com


    BALLARD FILMMAKERS WIN AT NORTHWEST FESTIVAL | November 2016

    BHS Digital Filmmakers jpgThree short films by students from the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program were winners at Fresh Film Northwest.  

    This competitive regional festival is coordinated by the Northwest Film Center in Portland, Oregon. Entries accepted from filmmakers ages 13 to 19 in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon & Washington.  Twelve years in a row now that students from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program have been among the winners. 

    The winning films included Comeback, by Avery Davis, Skala Leake, Aaron Miller and Cameron Miller – the story of a high school soccer player who suffers a life-altering setback.  The film recently premiered at the national All American High School Film Festival in New York City.  Fresh Film Northwest was the premiere of Living Honestly, a documentary about teens coming out by PJ Hase and Skala Leake. The third film, Eileen, was produced independently by Brendan Hickey with Sam Cleary and received the Creative Expression Award.


    National Festival Selects Ballard's Digital Filmmaking Program To Produce Documentaries For IMAX! | October 2016

    Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program was one of five “exemplary” programs chosen by the All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF) to receive a $5,000 “In Focus” grant from IMAX. The All American High School Film Festival is the largest high school film festival in the nation, drawing competition from all across the country. The announcement was made Friday, October 7th, during the festival’s Opening Night ceremonies in New York City. "We selected programs that produced quality content in the voice of young people that's raw and meaningful to their peers. We have a library of content of about 5,000 films and identified programs that consistently submitted quality work" said Tom Oliva, Executive Director of the AAHSFF. "We also looked at schools that we have relationships with, and that we count on to mentor the students to produce the best films possible." 

    The five selected student film programs will create short films that raise awareness of the UN's 2030 sustainability agenda, creating original content to specifically address at least one of the UN's development goals.  For info on the AAHSFF, visit hsfilmfest.com.


    Ballard Film Students Win National Awards from Academy | October 2016

    When the envelopes were opened at the Newseum in Washington D.C. on Oct. 4, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced two films by students in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program as winners of National Student Production Awards. The films were judged by members of the Academy, as well as college media professors. Winning the prize for best Music Video was Today, by Coleman Andersen, PJ Hase & Bergen Johnson. The prize for best Editing went to Miles Andersen, Emily Black, Sophie DeGreen, Jesse Romero & Sho Schrock for their work on Hologram. Both films can be viewed on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page at vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram.


    BHS Filmmakers Win Big at the Emmy Awards | June 2016

    Students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program won four High School Awards of Excellence at the Northwest Emmy Awards on June 4. Jonny Cechony, Ellie Clarrissimeaux, and PJ Hase won the Short Form Fiction award for their film The Dragon's Lair. The Public Service Announcement award went to Elliott Atkinson, Cyrus Ogle and Bailey Wall for Protect Your Hearing. The students had produced this project for Seattle’s Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center. The Music Video prize went to Coleman Andersen, PJ Hase and Bergen Johnson for Today, and Best Photographer/Editor went to Miles Andersen, Emily Black, Sophie DeGreen, Jesse Romero and Sho Schrock for Hologram. Students from the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program led the pack of winners, winning every category in which they had been nominated. (They had received 13 nominations.)  This is the tenth year in a row that Ballard students have been winners at the event, and the fifth straight year they have won the award for Photographer/Editor. 


    Ballard Film Students Win Best Music Video at International Festival | May 2016

    Big Coat, a music video by Jaya Flanary, Duncan Gowdy and Leo Pfeifer, won Best Music Video in the junior division at the CineYouth Awards on Saturday night, May 7, at Columbia College Chicago. CineYouth is a project of the Chicago International Film Festival. This annual film showcase celebrates shorts by filmmakers 22 and younger from around the world. As winner of the prize for Best Music Video, Big Coat will be screened in the CineYouth “Best of the Fest” at the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival next October. Big Coat can be screened online at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram


    Ballard Films to Screen At International Festival | May 2016

    Two productions by nine students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program have been chosen for screening this weekend at CineYouth – the Chicago International Film Festival’s showcase for shorts by filmmakers 22 and younger from around the world.  Both are music videos. Voices (by Jonathan Bowers, Aurore Bouriot, Brian Cropp, and Jake Rehfeldt) depicts a high school student hemmed in on all sides by conformity. Big Coat (by Jaya Flanary, Duncan Gowdy, and Leo Pfeifer) charts the changes brought about by the presence – and absence – of romance. Both films will be screened at the 12th annual event in Chicago, May 5 – 7.