13 Ballard students honored at film festival

Thirteen Ballard High School students in the Video Production Program were among the winners of the 34th Annual Young People's Film & Video Festival.

The winners are the short dramas "Reflection" by Sheridan Koehler and Blair Scott and "Signs" by Rikke Heinecke, Lizzy O'Laughlin and Tony Meyer, as well as the documentaries "Bar Ink" by Robyn Cochrane, Spencer Miller, Georgia Peck and Justin Smith-Mercado and "Henry" by Amelia Elizalde, Levi Friedman, Sean Hendricks and Sheridan Koehler.

This Young People's Film & Video Festival accepts entries from students in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Alaska. It is coordinated by the Northwest Film Center in Portland.

The festival encourages young people to "use film and video to creatively express personal concerns, explore important social issues and share engaging stories about the world as they see it."

Submissions were judged on the basis of age/grade, originality, artistic merit, technical achievement and conviction in investigation of subject matter.

A jury of professional media artists made the selections. Only 16 productions, a quarter of them from Ballard High School, were chosen for the festival from more 150 entries.

The Festival Winners' Program will be screened Nov. 7 in Portland.

For more information on the Ballard High School Video Production Program, visit the program blog at bhsvideo.blogspot.com.

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