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    Posted on 09/25/2017
    Fresh Film Northwest LogoThree short films produced by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program are winners at Fresh Film Northwest ( 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 (, 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 (, 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 .