Westonites take top prize at Connecticut Student Film Festival

Weston High School students Walker Edelman, Harrison Manning and Andrew Katz accept their award from the Connecticut Student Film Festival.

Weston High School students Walker Edelman, Harrison Manning and Andrew Katz accept their award from the Connecticut Student Film Festival.

Walker Edelman, Harrison Manning and Andrew Katz, students at Weston High School, accepted the award for Outstanding Fictional Short (84-Hour Film Challenge) for their film The Factory at the fifth annual Connecticut Student Film Festival, hosted by The Center for 21st Century Skills at Education Connection.

The “Oscars-like” event took place Friday, April 26, at the Palace Theater in Waterbury.

The Weston High School team shot, edited and produced the film. As part of the 84-Hour Challenge, the team had just 84 hours to produce the film, based on criteria that are released at the beginning of the production period.

The criteria included a list of characters, camera shots, items of clothing, and specific objects or events that must appear somewhere in the film.

To view their film, visit youtube/kL08X2Yrxek.

The film festival celebrated the yearlong work of middle and high school students who were engaged in a variety of innovative, cutting-edge film programs in Connecticut. Students from more than 30 schools submitted films, the majority of which were produced as part of the Connecticut Career Choices initiative Digital Media and Movie Making (DM3) program.

More than 600 students from schools throughout the state attended the red carpet event, hoping to win awards in such categories as Outstanding Documentary, Outstanding Fictional, Audience Choice, and Outstanding PSA.

Select film submissions are short-listed and judged by a panel of industry professionals and college faculty; all nominated films are shown and winners are announced at the Connecticut Student Film Festival.

Geoffrey Brencher is videography teacher at Weston High School.

To view submissions, visit facebook.com/ctstudentfilmfestival.

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