The 2012 Westport Youth Film Festival (WYFF), held on Saturday, June 2, at the The Bijou Theatre in downtown Bridgeport, was a great success by many measurements. People from all over Fairfield County and beyond enjoyed a day of more than 75 film screenings, workshops, panel discussions, speakers, and live music.
More than 200 talented high school filmmakers submitted their films for consideration.
Volunteer students on the Youth Board worked diligently over the course of the entire school year to put together every aspect of the festival, engaging a community of artists, musicians, businesses, and other non-profit organizations.
Celebrating its ninth year, WYFF is a program of the Westport Arts Center.
WYFF 2012 winners
Drama: Freya by Pernille Elkjaer (Hvidovre, Denmark)
Comedy: Baseline (by Dylen Papazian (Studio City, Calif.)
Animation: Legando by Kris Theorin (Landenberg, Pa.)
Experimental: Moonlight by Amelia Arnold and Max Galassi (Newtown)
Social Action: Even Handed by Samantha Highsmith and Gabriella Huggins (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Best in Connecticut: Moonlight by Amelia Arnold and Max Galassi (Newtown)
Audience Choice Award: The Bookstore by Alexander Haney (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Documentary: My Muslim Eyes by Laela Omar and Loren Ruiz (Salt Lake City, Utah)