Screenshot from "Love at First Bite"
"Love at First Bite," a quirky film made by Ballard High School students about a zombie falling in love, won best short at Fresh Film NW.

Ballard High students win big in filmmaking contest

Say hello to the new Hollywood -- Ballard High School.

Four productions by students in the BHS Video Production Program were winners of Fresh Film Northwest at the Portland Art Museum last Saturday, Nov. 17.

Students/filmmakers competing could only be ages 13 to 19 and from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Every winning entry from Washington involved Ballard High School students.

The BHS winners were the documentaries "Deep Down" (by Isaiah Hoban-Halvorsen, Kaila Lafferty and Oona Lowe) and "My Little Brony" (by Vann Fulfs, Taylor Martin and Bryan Quandt). A short drama also won, "Dream House" (by Ariahna Ghormley, Ana Krafchick & Louis Weissman).

Ballard video students Dayan Flynn-Walsh, Vann Fulfs, Ana Krafchick, John Paul Umbao and Isaiah Hoban-Halvorsen joined others to create the winning short, "Love at First Bite," while Isaiah worked as Education Assistant at 911 Media Arts last summer. 
"Love a First Bite" puts a spin on the classic zombie movie -- having the zombie fall in love with a human. It's part romance, part satire and just a little bit gooey at times. You can watch it here.

A jury of filmmakers and educators screened more than 120 entries to select 14 works for the festival. Only eight of these received a Creative Self-Expression Award.

This is the eighth year in a row that students in the BHS Video Production Program have been winners at the event.

To see new work by BHS filmmakers, attend our end-of-the-semester Showing on Friday, February 8 or Friday, February 22 at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults or $8 for students. All proceeds support the BHS Video Production Program.

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