On Thursday night, over one hundred people gathered at BMFI for the second annual Main Line Student Film Festival to screen the twenty finalist films, created by high school filmmakers throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Over sixty shorts were submitted by students at fifteen different public and private schools. Entries ranged from comedy to documentary and experimental to stop motion animation.
(Left to right) Alex Ramsey and Joe Cilio, student organizers and Haverford School Film Club members, pose with Festival Director Brett Boham.
First, second, and third place winners were determined by a panel of film students, and received cash prizes and film books. Kevin Chou of Germantown Academy was awarded first place for his hilarious comedy, “Iced Tea,” about one young man’s obsession with iced tea and how it leads him to face his greatest fear. Second place went to the Haverford School’s Tyler Wood, Taylor Mansmann, Thomas Isen, and Martin O’Riordan for “In the Wrong Hands,” which wowed audiences and took home the Audience Award as well. Third place was given to the Shipley School’s Katherine Paige Picariello for her “Think Twice,” a drama/music video combination. Honorable Mentions went to “Tumaini” by Alex Takei of Germantown Academy, “Spork” by Corey Hughes of Malvern Prep, and “There was a Time when I thought I’d be Happy” by Craig Hacker and Kyle Boland of Owen J. Roberts High School.
The event was organized by The Haverford School Film Club, created in 2006 as a venue for student filmmakers to collaborate on productions. Over the past four years, the club has produced numerous short films and two features, as well as creating and organizing the annual Main Line Student Film Festival. Alumni of the club have gone on to such prestigious film schools as USC, Loyola Marymount, and Temple.
Check out the winning videos here. Find out more information about the Main Line Student Film Festival at mainlinestudentfilmfestival.ning.com.