Student Film Festival
Congratulations to all of the winners at the Annual Student Film Festival.
The 2017 Student Film Festival was once again a resounding success. The festival had a record number of submissions this year from over 12 different schools. The judging was close this year with several films in the hunt for 1st place. The viewing also had a record attendance filling up the Emmaus Theater.
We would like to thank our sponsors Clark Media, PenTeleData, Service Electric, Lehigh Valley Press and donations from Weis Markets, Just Born, and Joe’s Pizza.
HIGH SCHOOL RESULTS
1st place – Parkland High School – Film: Wandering
2nd place – Northwestern Lehigh – Film: Family Curse
3rd place – Northwestern Lehigh – Film: Obsession
MIDDLE SCHOOL RESULTS
1st place – Lower Macungie Middle School – Film: Watch Your Step A Gangster Movie
2nd place – Eyer Middle School - Death by Video
3rd place – St. Joes – Mr. Marbles
Thank you to all of the teams who submitted a film for the Emmaus Arts Commission’s 2017 Student Film Festival! We had an overwhelming response this year with 29 films. Winning films and those with the highest scores will be shown in their entirety. Although ALL of the films have been judged, unfortunately, we had several films which were disqualified from awards because of violence and use of copyrighted material. Those entries among the lower scored films will be included in an overall movie montage during the screening.
High School Finalist
Listed by team leader.
Summer Thompson, Quakertown HS
Mary Dalton, Parkland HS
Zack Zagalia, Emmaus High School
Dan Digiacomo, Allentown Central Catholic
Derik Rahm, Allentown Central Catholic
Sarah Snyder, Emmaus High School
Angelina Buysse, Emmaus High School
Jack Kubinec, Salisbury High School
Jackson Bernhard, Northwestern Lehigh HS
David Heiser, Emmaus High School
Branden Bilheimer, Catasauque High School
Matthew Ninesling, Emmaus High School
Michael Judge, Salisbury High School
Rachel Scott, Home Schooled
Emma Fogel, Northwestern Lehigh
Samantha McNemar, Parkland High School
MIddle School Finalists
Gwen Simons, Eyer MS
Kaitlyn Macauley, Salisbury MS
Riley Stuckey, Eyer MS
Maeve Yanes/Danny Merk, Lower Macungie MS
Mackenzie Cichocki, Lower Macungie MS
Sarah Smith, Saint Joes
Joe Williams, Lower Macungie MS
The 2017 Student Film Festival has begun!
Open to all high school and middle school students. The contest requires your team to complete a less than 6 minute film in 120 hours. Those who complete the process and the judging compete for cash and prizes.
Students report to the kickoff meeting on October 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm at Emmaus High School cafeteria, 800 Pine St, Emmaus, PA 18049, please use the side entrance (THIS IS NOT MANDATORY) (If you cannot attend the kickoff you must notify us by email that you want to participate in the film festival. Please include your name and school.)
The cost to participate is $10 per team( non-refundable). (A team may consist of as many members as you like)
The October 10th kickoff includes film tips and tricks, and contest rules.
Genre - Scary/Suspenseful/Funny/Documentary/Drama. This is open to your interpretation of the theme. Be creative!
RULES! At the kickoff, each team selects 2 themes of which you pick 1, that your film MUST be developed around. For example you choose “Witches” then your film must be based on witches. Those unable to attend the kickoff, will be given a theme and it will be emailed to the team leader. You then receive a copy of the festival outline. If you are unable to attend the kick-off on October 10th ,these rules will be posted that evening on October 10th! We will assign YOU a theme.
You then have 120 hours to create, shoot and edit a final film. Final films are due, uploaded to a server by October 16th at 6:00 pm.
Participation is that simple!
Can't attend the kickoff meeting? No problem, contact us and we will send you the outline and a theme for you to use in your film. Please make sure you provide us with your name and school!
Uploading - you will have instructions on how to upload your film however NOTE - you must use Chrome or Firefox, Safari had some issues last year. If you have a Dropbox account you may use that and share it with us.
Films are due October 16, 2017
Judging will be the week of Oct. 16th
Final films will be shown on October 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Emmaus Theater, followed by an award ceremony.
Congratulations to all the students who qualified for the finals!
First Place: Team Leader: Graham Burrell, School: Parkland High School; Film Title: Bubbles the Clown
Second Place: Team Leader: Harley Bender; Team: Austin Boyko, Anthony Christiano, Hannah Flaven, Katherine Hartzell, Lane Markovics, Sally Wallace, School: Northampton Area High School; Film Title: It started on any given day
First Place: Tessa Fritz; Team: Josh Fritz, Sydnie Howard, School: Lower Macungie Middle School; Film Title: Forgotten
Second Place: Maeve Yanes; Team: Brian Merk, Danny Merk, Jackson Merk, Ryan Merlo, Ciara Esteves; School: Lower Macungie Middle School; Film Title: Watch your step
Best Of Awards:
Best Editing, film direction and acting: Team Leader: Jackson Bernhard Team: Daniel VanParys, Gavin Boone, Harrison Bernhard, Jason Woolley,Isaac Bredbenner School: Northwestern Lehigh High School; Film Title: Heaven's Gate
Creativity and Originality: Kate Manning, Kerry Harper School: Henry Hudson Regional School; Film Title: Coexhisting
Best Story Telling: Mary Dalton, Lynsey Reynard, Maggie Gareca School: Parkland High School; Film Title: Homecoming/What Are Friends for!
Best improvisation of a product: Maya Schlesinger - Team: Johanna Dam Matt Ninesling; School: Emmaus High School; Film Title: Raman Noodles/Noodle Experiment
The Rick Baker Award for best creature creation: Kenzie Cichocki - Team: Kayla Cichocki; School: Lower Macungie Middle School; Film Title: Carnivores plants/Man eating Monster Plant
Listed below are some websites that offer royalty free music and SFXs for download. Most of the websites ask for a mention in the credits, so the students should review the terms of the license agreement on the websites they use.