Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
Matthew Newton, N.H. Film & Television Office
Winners named at 6th New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival
Film fans from across the state flocked to Concord Saturday to view this year’s best New Hampshire student films at the 2013 N.H. High School Short Film Festival.
Twenty-eight films representing thirteen high schools around the state, as well as one film by a homeschooled student, were screened at the annual Festival, which took place at N.H. Technical Institute’s Sweeney Hall.
“A Coming Out Story,” by Bedford High School’s Corey Graff, received the Jury Award for Best in Show. “Shuffle,” by Pinkerton Academy’s Alex Bourgoin, Brandon Elliott, Tyler St. Onge and James Troy, was the runner-up.
Jury Award Finalists included “This is for Us” by Salem High School’s Rachel Murphy and Denise Renalds, “I said: SMILE!” by Concord High School’s Pedro Pimentel, and “The Pretzel Thief” by Bow High School’s Jeff Andrew.
The Public Service Announcement Award went to “Walk,” by Salem High School’s Peter Eisan, Alexander Fredette, Darvin Florian and Cameron Michalewicz.
“Shuffle” was also received the Audience Award. Votes for this special category were collected and tabulated at the Festival.
The Jury Award and Runner-Up recipients will have their films screened at the New Hampshire Film Festival in Portsmouth in October and at the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival in Concord in November.
“Not only has the number of films and high schools participating in the Festival grown since its founding in 2008, but the quality of what is being produced by these young filmmakers is also rising,” said Matthew Newton, director of the New Hampshire Film & Television Office, which presents the event. “It’s inspiring to see what’s happening in the state.”
The New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival is designed to foster and reward interest in film for future members of the industry by offering a venue for them to show their films to a live audience. More information is available at http://nhstudentfilm.com.
The New Hampshire Film and Television Office, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, works to expand business activity and employment throughout the state by acting as a liaison between the film industry and an established network of government agencies, the state’s film industry workforce, and local property owners. The Office is responsible for location assistance, public relations and general production support in an effort to broaden the cultural and economic impact of film and television production in the state. For more information about film and television production in New Hampshire, call (603) 271-2220 or visit www.nh.gov/film.