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    Congratulations To Digital Film For Their 13 Nominations!
    Posted on 01/10/2020
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    Academy Honors Ballard High School Filmmakers with 13 Nominations

    The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced nominees for the Northwest High School Awards of Excellence.

    Students from the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program earned 13 nominations. These awards celebrate the most outstanding productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Productions are nominated by NATAS industry professionals. The winners will be announced June 6 at the Virtual 57th Annual Northwest Emmy Awards.

    Ballard’s nominations span eight categories, reflecting the diverse skills students learn in the program. In the categories of best Writer and best Audio/Sound, every production nominated was by Ballard’s film students. This is the twelfth year in a row that Ballard High School film students have been nominated by the Academy.

    All the nominated productions had their premieres at the Ballard Film Festival (BFF). This event screens new films by BHS Digital Filmmaking students at the end of every semester. 

    The winners will be announced June 6 at the Virtual 57th Annual Northwest Emmy Awards. Due to Covid this year, these students will miss out on the opportunity to attend the ceremony and celebrate their work.

    Please help us recognize these students and their accomplishments. The majority of the nominees are class of 2020 seniors, who are already missing out on proms, graduations and other milestones.

    Many plan to attend some of the country's most prestigious film schools such as Chapman, New York University, Emerson College and others.

    Senior Nominees

    Saia Dugan, Calvin Johnson, Claire Kilkenny, Fiona Paskoff, Talin Phillips, Marley Rankin, Alessandro Rios, Jasper Swift, Andrew Voyles, Hannah Weaver, Olivia Flego-Wirth, Sebastian Zufelt

    NATAS Nominations By Category

    Short Form Fiction
    One Minute to Midnight • Ballard High School • James Brammer, Director/Producer/Writer • Claire Kilkenny, Producer • Jasper Swift, Producer

    Short Form Non-Fiction
    FTM • Ballard High School • Danny Edwards, Director • Fiona Paskoff, Producer

    Long Form Non-Fiction
    Living With Ana • Ballard High School • Marley Rankin, Director/Writer/Cinematographer • Olivia Flego-Wirth, Producer • Saia Dugan, Co Director, Co-Writer • Violet Collins, Producer

    Music Video
    Vardøger • Ballard High School • Sam Zimmermann, Lighting • Jared Lam, Sound • Saia Dugan, Director • Andrew Voyles, Cinematographer

    A Day At The Beach • Ballard High School • Marley Rankin, Director, Writer, Cinematographer • Olivia Flego-Wirth, Producer, Editor • Sebastian Zufelt, Producer • Madison Jackson-Hite, Producer
    A Not So Super Hero • Ballard High School • Jasper Swift, Producer • Hannah Weaver, Producer • Hadley Mollman, Producer • Grace Stromatt, Producer

    LIMBO • Ballard High School • Alessandro Rios, Sound Mixer • Nick Toll, Audio Recorder
    One Minute to Midnight • Ballard High School • James Brammer, Sound Designer • Claire Kilkenny, Sound Designer • Jasper Swift, Sound Designer

    Callahan's Violin • Ballard High School • Talin Phillips, Cinematographer/Director
    One Minute to Midnight • Ballard High School • James Brammer, Cinematographer/Editor • Claire Kilkenny, Cinematographer/Editor • Jasper Swift, Cinematographer/Editor

    Ever Since Then • Ballard High School • Marley Rankin, Writer
    Stock • Ballard High School • Sebastian Zufelt, Writer
    The Sculptor's Wife • Ballard High School • Calvin Johnson, Writer

    About Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program

    The Digital Filmmaking Program at Ballard High School is part of the free public education through Seattle Public Schools, and is open to BHS students of all grades. Since its beginning in the fall of 2001, students in the program have won hundreds of awards at regional, national, and international film festivals. They have also won honors from the National YoungArts Foundation and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the National and Northwest Emmy Awards) and consistently gained admission to prestigious college programs of film and television, sometimes with large scholarships and advanced placement.

    They’ve been invited to show their work and make presentations at art museums, film festivals, and conferences. The program has provided professional production internships through a variety of media organizations and businesses, television shows, and feature films. Numerous program alumni have gone on to careers in the industry: writing or producing series television programs in Los Angeles, producing music videos for major artists, directing commercials, working on the camera crew or art department of feature films, producing media for major corporations, or working as broadcast journalists.

    In 2007, Kyle Seago (’07) and Jesse Harris (’04) co-founded the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). It has since become the largest youth film festival in the world. Contact Steven Bradford or visit the Ballard Digital Filmmaking for more information.

    1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle WA 98117 | Steven Bradford, program director  | Website: BHS Films: | Instagram: @bhsdigitalfilm

    View a complete list of NATAS 2020 Northwest Regional Student Production Awards.

    View a Ballard HS Filmmakers NATAS Nominations By Category.

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