2015 Madeira School Film Festival

May 21, 2015
Filmmakers and judges at the 2015 Madeira Film Festival

Madeira Advanced Film class students organized an impressive, fourth annual Madeira School Film Festival on Saturday May 15, 2015.

A student committee made up of Ayanna Costley '15, Mollie Thomas '16, and Karina Atkins '18, helped plan and promote the festival. Their efforts included this fun commercial aimed to generate entries from the Madeira community. Films of all genres were welcome, but were required to be less than six minutes in length. Prior to the event, judges screened the films and submitted their choices for various award categories. The judging panel consisted of: Becky Varni from Cortina Productions and Madeira faculty and staff members Ms. Chandra Smith, Ms. Stacy Tippens, Ms. Xiaofu Ding, Ms. Laura Temple, Ms. Ashley Smith, and Ms. Rebecca Brooks.

Eleven films were screened at the festival and following some brief remarks by guest Ms. Becky Varni, the winners were announced. Taking first place was the fun and lively documentary, Let’s Travel by Victoria Garcia ’17, which had everyone in the audience ready to go on vacation! (See the complete award list below.) Not to be excluded from the process, audience members got to vote for their favorite. After the votes were tallied, The Alternative Appeal by Brianna Harrington and Sarah Kate Clarke was announced as the winner of The Viewer’s Choice Award.

2015 Film Festival Awards

First Place and Grand Prize Winner - Let’s Travel by Victoria Garcia

Second Place Overall - Lincoln by Mollie Thomas

Third Place Overall - The MLK Wreath Laying by Karina Atkins

Fourth Place Overall - A Passion For Art by Julia Mandel


Best Cinematography - Alternative Appeal by Sarah Kate Clarke and Briana Harrington

Honorable Mention for Cinematography - Women In Washington by Mollie Thomas

Best Screenplay – Telemachus by Karina Atkins

Best Editing - The Alternative Appeal by Sarah Kate Clarke and Briana Harrington

Honorable Mention for Editing - Women In Washington by Mollie Thomas

Honorable Mention for Storytelling - Alternative Appeal by Sarah Kate Clarke and Briana Harrington

Most Entertaining - Jacket by Ayanna Costley

Best Use of Music - Exemplum by Mandy Margarett Reilly

Honorable Mention for Music - Soleil Ephraim by Kelly Nguyen

Funniest - A Tiger’s Adventure by Julia Mandel

Most Educational Film - Gertrude B. Elion by Anna Weidinger

The Runner Up for Most Educational Film - The Physics Of Hurdles by Sinclaire Jones and Sequoia Ragland

View films on the Madeira Film Festival Vimeo page

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