Skip To ContentSkip To Content
    Ballard student filmmakers win big, are featured in festivals
    Posted on 05/07/2015
    This is the image for the news article titled Ballard student filmmakers win big, are featured in festivalsThe public is invited to view the work of Ballard High School's award-winning student filmmakers. The films will be screened at the Ballard Film Festival at 7 p.m. June 5.

    Ballard is the only school to win the top prize in the "48-Hour Film Off" twice at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, which is the largest youth film festival in the world. At the festival in April, five students from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program won first prize for a mockumentary they created during the festival, and three others won the Audience Award for their short film, “Clipped Wings," about the Boy Scouts' ban on gays.

    The students who took first prize in the 48-Hour Film Off (the onsite contest) are Lyric Gonzalez, Bergen Johnson, Leo Pfeifer, Stephanie Shao, and Meagen Tajalle. Their prize was a $1,500 donation to the school's Digital Filmmaking Program. 

    The three students who won the audience award are Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy and Leo Pfeifer. Click HERE to view "Clipped Wings" and other productions from the Ballard Digital Filmmaking Program.
    Additionally, three productions by nine students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program have been chosen for screening at international film festivals this May. 

    Two of the productions will be screened at the Chicago International Film Festival. "Raven Rock," by Rachel Cole, Jaya Flanary and Meagen Tajalle, is a documentary about a treatment program that pairs survivors of childhood abuse with abused horses for mutual healing. "Stolen," by Coleman Andersen and Leo Pfeifer, is a dramatic short about the price of crime. Both films will be screened at the 11th annual CineYouth event, May 7-9.  CineYouth is an annual youth film showcase celebrating short films made by filmmakers 21 years old and younger from around the world. 

    "Audio Input," by Duncan Boszko, Jack O’Neal, Piper Phillips and Sho Schrock, is an Official Selection of the Seattle International Film Festival. This short documentary explores the Seattle podcasting scene.  It will be screened in the FutureWave Shorts program at the Seattle International Film Festival on Monday, May 25. The FutureWave event features the best shorts by filmmakers younger than 18 years from around the world. 

    For more information on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program, visit