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The Madeira School Film Festival draws a crowd

May 20, 2013

In just its second year, The Madeira School Film Festival is seeing tremendous growth. This year, close to 200 people came to the festival’s screenings and award ceremony on May 18, 2013 where 32 films were shown. (Sun Gazette feature, May 14)

Students from over 10 area high school competed in the competition. Jadie Stillwell, a freshman from Walt Whitman High School won first place for her film “Late Bloomer.” Second place went to Zack Young, a senior from Richard Montgomery High School for his film “Doomed Together.” Madeira senior, Maddie Ball won third for her film, “Jurassic Farce.” And fourth place went to Ellie Forman, a senior from National Cathedral School for her film “La Derniere Classe.” Films may be viewed online.

The festival featured workshops which were attended by over 35 student film makers from various schools. “The instructors did a fantastic job,” said Krista Cowan, director of theater and film at Madeira. “I think the students who attended certainly learned a great deal.”

Alumnae speakers, Libby Henson ’79 and Katherine Foust ’10 gave great advice not only to those interested in getting into the industry, but to all students: referencing the importance of taking any opportunities like internships when they present themselves, and how being flexible is critical when problems arise.

Ms. Cowan had high praise for the student-led Film Festival Council who handled many of the event details and who she credited with really making the event happen.

“We received a lot of really great feedback about the event, and we hope that next year is even bigger” said Ms. Cowan.

More results:

The four runner ups were: Maddie Klaff, a senior from Madeira School for her film “The Move”; Lowell Ensel, a senior from Montgomery Blair High School for his film “30”; Joe Quinn and Alex Holm, two seniors from West Potomac Academy for their film “How This Goes”; and Ryan Bennett, a junior from Walt Whitman High School for his film “Locket.”

Twelve certificates of special achievement in the following areas:  Cinematography ("A Day in the Life of a Pencil" by senior Kevin Dang from Falls Church High School and "Dispense" by sophomore Max Johnson from Falls Church High School), Editing ("Green Buildings" by freshman Dylan Murphy from Madeira School and "The Best We Can" by junior Lim Treanor from Georgetown Day School), Screenwriting ("Sheltered" by senior Annie Sherman from Madeira School and "In Ourselves" by senior Rebeca Elizondo from Madeira School), Documentary Filmmaking ("C.D.O" by senior Shanice Smith-Banks from Madeira School, "Lyme" by junior Amy Howell from Madeira School, and "Light Pollution" by senior Maddie Ball from Madeira School), Sound Design ("Set the Example" by senior Lowell Ensel from Montgomery Blair High School), and Animation ("Light Bulb" by freshman Julie Kashmanian and junior Shani Berenholz from H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program and "Earth" by senior Minh Pham from Falls Church High School).

Three audience choice awards were given out to “Doomed Together” by senior Zack Young from Richard Montgomery High School, “Honk if you Love Someone” by sophomore Sophia Pink from Washington International School, and “Tech Off” by sophomore Saee Pethe from Falls Church High School.

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