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NCHS Film Festival announces winners

Winners Night Out at NCHS Film Club's annual New Age Film Festival 


The NCHS Film Club held its annual New Age Film Festival at New Canaan High School on May 23.


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This year, there were 100 entries in the competition - an increase from 60 entries last year - and were judged in six categories: Narrative, Music Video, Documentary, PSA/Commercial, Animation, and Open entry.


These films were judged by industry professional, with the “Viewers Choice Award” chosen by public voting and given to the film with the most online votes.NCHS Film Festival


NCHS film and photography teacher Jennifer Sinski noticed some differences between submissions this year and last. “There were many more narrative and documentaries submissions than there were before,” she said.


Entries also came from 20 different high schools this year, an increase from the 12 schools that competed last year.


The event started off with a Red Carpet entrance which was hosted by NCHS seniors Luca Triant and Luke Pelli (pictured in featured image).


Film Festival This was followed by the Awards Ceremony hosted by NCHS seniors and nominees Charlie Hane and Jack Dunn (pictured left).


It was a successful night for NCHS filmmakers, who took home awards from all categories.


In the narrative category, Diego Lezcano and Peter Harvey won “Outstanding Screenplay”, Charlie Hane won “Outstanding Cinematography in a Narrative,” and Jack Dunn won “Outstanding Narrative Feature.”


As for the music video category, Jack Dunn took home the “Outstanding Creativity in a Music Video Award.” In the documentary film category, Jackson Oehmler’s film was named “Outstanding Documentary.”

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For animation, Aaron Winchell won “Outstanding Special Effects in an Animation” and Sydney Kend won “Outstanding Animated Story.”


Finally, NCHS was very successful in the Viewer’s Choice category with Charlie Hane winning “Narrative,” Jack Dunn and Charlie Hane in “PSA/Commercial,” and Alyssa Khoo and Kristen Raffaele in “Open Entry.”



Story, featured image, and top three photos by Abigail Weiss, NCHS Senior.