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    Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program 

    Digital Filmmaking Program Course Information

    The Digital Filmmaking Program is open to Ballard HS 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. Students successfully completing each year of the program are invited to apply for the next. Since the program's 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.

    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.

    Please refer to the BHS Course Catalogpdf icon for more information about the courses.

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    BHS Digital Filmmaking Program

    View the Digital Filmmaking Program's websiteView Program FilmsDigital Filmmaking Awards & Honors List

    Contact: Steven Bradford,

    Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking 206-252-1117 


    Filmmaking students honored at NATAS ceremony

    NATAS logo National Student Production AwardsIt was postponed for four months, but the online ceremony was finally held for the National Academy of Television Art & Sciences Awards on Feb. 11, 2021.

    The Ballard Digital Filmmaking Program had four films nominated, in the Long Form Non-Fiction, Short Form Non-Fiction, Public Service Announcements and Audio categories.


    Photo James Brammer, Claire Kilkenny Jasper SwiftOne Minute to Midnight, a short dramatic film, won for Audio Production.
    The winning producers are James Brammer ’22 (pictured above), Claire Kilkenny ’20 (left in photo), and Jasper Swift ’20 (right in photo).

    A Day at the Beach, won for Best Public Service Announcement and was produced by: Marley Rankin ’20, Sebastian Zufelt ’20, Olivia Flego-Wirth ’20, and Madison Jackson-Hite ‘21.

    BHS Digital Film Students Films | Featured in NFFTY's Virtual Film Festival

    NFFTY Logo Film Starts Here The 14th Annual Oct 23 - Nov 1

    Oct 2020 | Despite the pandemic, Ballard High film students are still producing award-winning work. Initial call out to the BHS Digital Film students was featured in

    The 14th National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) will happen virtually this year, with all 234 short films available to watch online between Oct. 23 and Nov 1, 2020.

    • Junior James Brammer’s film is called "One Minute to Midnight", and is about a scientist who creates a powerful weapons energy source. 
    • Class of 2020 graduate Marley Rankin's "Everything Bagel" and "Portrait of My Reflection" are other films that are available through the streaming festival. 

    Here’s more about James Brammer's film, from NFFTY: “Brammer wanted to explore a possibility of our future in terms of how we advance as a civilization and the potential consequences, and to emphasize the need for those who choose to do good over their own fame and fortune. The film is set in 2063 and 2064, and pushes the boundaries of high school student filmmaking while delivering an important moral that will leave viewers thinking.”

    LINKS TO FILMS | NFFTY will screen Brammer’s sci-fi film "One Minute to Midnight" during the Pacific Northbest program block; while Rankin's "Everything Bagel" is in the Pacific Northbest block as well and "Portrait of My Reflection" is in the Radical Experiments block. 

    Viewers can purchase a series pass or sliding-scale ticket for themed film packages.

    NFFTY was co-founded by BHS Digital Filmmaking alumnus Jesse Harris ('04) and Kyle Seago ('07) in 2007. It has since become the largest youth film festival in the world.

    Teacher Mr Bradford teaching in classJANUARY 2020 | Ballard's Digital Filmmaking Program was featured on KOMO 4's Seattle Refined, as one of the best public school film programs in the country is in Seattle.

    John Prentice with Seattle Refined came to Ballard in December 2020 to do the filming in the Digital Film class during 2nd and 3rd period classes. He saw some of the films on the web, and was impressed by the number of festivals and awards the students had won. It was great that 3 of the four students from the film Blood Cargo were here during those periods, Liv D’arche, Talin Philips and Ben Murphy. Also interviewed were Anna DeTurk, Evelyn Noble-Stewart, Morgen White and Shannon Sheridan. Watch some of the films from the program online, enjoy! ~ Teacher Stephen Bradford

    Program Highlights And Archives