Ballard High School students named film festival finalists

Press release from Ballard High School's Video Production program

Nine works by students in the Ballard High School Video Production Program have been named finalists in the 17th Annual Derek Freese Youth Media Festival. This prestigious festival draws competition from high school filmmakers throughout the nation and is judged by professors from Temple University’s renowned School of Film & Media Arts, acclaimed filmmakers, and members of the Derek Freese Foundation.

The finalists will be screened and prizes awarded in each category during the festival in Philadelphia on Tuesday, February 26th at Temple University’s Annenberg Hall.

Four of the honored productions can be seen in The Showing this Friday, February 22 at 7 pm in the Ballard High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and will be sold at the door. For more information on the BHS Video Production Program, visit

Here are Ballard’s finalists, listed with their nominations:

  • Nominated for Best Documentary: Deep Down by Isaiah Hoban-Halversen, Kaila Lafferty & Oona Lowe
  • Nominated for Best Editing: the dramatic short Dream House by Ariahna Ghormley, Ana Krafchick & Louis Weissman
  • Nominated for Best Editing: the comedic short Great Mimes Think Alike by Will Slater, Michael Vitz-Wong & Kiana Wyld
  • Nominated for Best Documentary: Impact by Kenton King, Jacob Scott & Mackenzie Wright
  • Nominated for Best Documentary: My Little Brony by Vann Fulfs, Taylor Martin & Bryan Quandt
  • Nominated for Best Fiction: the comedic short The Number by Alex Guettler, Ana Krafchick & Helen Miller
  • Nominated for Best Fiction: the dramatic short Sundown by Vann Fulfs, Bryan Quandt & Jacob Scott
  • Nominated for Best Editing: the dramatic short Sunlight by Isaiah Hoban-Halversen & Kenji Takada-Dill
  • Nominated for Best Documentary: Unbroken by Marlene Andersen, Adhem Morsi & Cooper Rickards

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