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19 Greenwich Films Make Festival Finals

GREENWICH, Conn. – Nineteen films by Greenwich students have been named  finalists in the Greenwich Youth Film Festival. Final judging takes place next week by a panel that includes Hollywood director Ron Howard, a Greenwich resident.

Of 130 films submitted by private and public school students in Fairfield and Westchester counties, 36 were selected as finalists. They will be shown April 28, starting at 1 p.m. in Greenwich Library's Cole Auditorium. Tickets are free and available on the Junior League of Greenwich’s website.

The festival will also feature a presentation by Kevin Segalla, founder of the Connecticut Film Center. Five genre winners and one grand prize winner will be announced at an award ceremony following the screenings. Each genre winner will receive $500 in cash and feedback from the judges. The grand prize winner will receive an additional $1,500 and an all-expenses paid trip to visit the set of the next Two Ton Films?? production.

Judges include Ron Howard (creative), Gretchen Carlson (public service announcement), Clay Pecorin (documentary), Blue Sky Studios (animation) and Jeff Cardoni (music video). Comments from the judges about the winning films will be shared.

Here is a list of the festival finalists:

Documentary

• “A Year’s Worth” by Jeremy Fisher, John Jay High School, South Salem, N.Y.

• “Bullying” by Phillip Fuentes, Bassick High School, Bridgeport

• “First, Do No Harm” by Jake Palmer, Greenwich High School

• “Live to Pole” by Caroline Kelly, Greenwich, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich

• “May We Never Forget” by Grace Isford, Greenwich, Convent of the Sacred Heart

• “There’s No Shame in Aids” by Nicole Calandra, West Harrison, N.Y., Greenwich Academy

Public Service Announcement

• “A Mother’s Plea” by Amanda Crowell, Sandy Hook, Convent of the Sacred Heart

• “Do the Right Thing” by Jake Palmer, Greenwich High School

• “Focus & Drive: Stay Alive” by Michael Bowling, White Plains, New York School for the Deaf

• “Express Yourself” by Victoria Stein, Greenwich High School

• “Get in the Game” by Grace Isford, Greenwich, Convent of the Sacred Heart

• “Hallway Texting” by Shenice Rutterford Maxton, Ossining High School

• “Stop the Trend” by Sheila Moran, Rye, Convent of the Sacred Heart

• “Walk Away From Abuse” by Alexandra Root, Greenwich, Convent of the Sacred Heart

Music Video

• “A Change in Scenery” by Lukas Arbogast, Briarcliff High School

• “At Least I’ll Have a Song” by Victoria Stein, Greenwich High School

• “Bug Rug” by Patrick Dillon, Greenwich High School

• “Holding On” by Gemma Gamberdene, Wilton High School

Creative

• “Addiction” by Ben Adler, Briarcliff High School

• “Crush” by Margo Bugniazet, Rye, Convent of the Sacred Heart

• “Dreams” by Isobel Hepsworth, Greenwich, Greenwich Academy

• “Getting Better” by Victoria Stein, Greenwich High School

• “Moonlight” by Max Galassi, Newtown High School

• “One Shot” by Jay Alter, Darien High School

• “Playtime” by Shannon Longwroth, Katonah, Convent of the Sacred Heart

• “Stones” by Maxwell Forrest Denenbert & Jack Lynch, Mamaroneck, Rye Neck High School

• “The Clover” by Charles Khosia, Rye, Rye Country Day School

• “Timepiece” by Isa Goldbert, Greenwich High School

• “Winnie’s Tea Party” by Nicole Brydon Bloom, Darien, Convent of the Sacred Heart

Animation

• “Barbarians” by Lindsay Arader, Stamford, Greenwich Academy

• “Coins” by Shannon Shopkowski, Ridgefield, Convent of the Sacred Heart

• “I Am an Animator” by Patrick McCabe, Westlake High School

• “Lightworks” by Erin Manning, Greenwich, Convent of the Sacred Heart

• “Skittles” by Catherine Cunningham, Greenwich, Convent of the Sacred Heart

• “Zombie Dog” by Matthew Seife, Scarsdale, Edgemont High School

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