Each of the following filmmakers won one of the categories of the 2nd Annual International Youth Film Festival.  We received a total of 79 films from around the United States and the world. The top 14 finalists made it to the festival’s show on April 9 at the Fairfield Theater Company in Fairfield, CT. Congratulations to all the finalists and to the four winners!

To everyone who submitted a film, thank you for participating. We hope to see your films again next year!

Winner: Narrative

“The Righteous Men” by Jon LeVert from Homewood Flossmoor High School

Winner: Social Action

“Pyro” by Cole Borgstadt from Fayetteville High School

Winner: Experimental 

“The Emotional Dimensions of the James River” by Michelle Marquez from Math & Science High School at Clover Hill.

Winner: Documentary “I Am KIzito” by Mike Mapes from Harvard Westlake School

 Finalists (not ranked in order)

“Curt Lowens: A Life of Changes”, Documentary by Rachel Fidler

“The Consequences of Control”, Social Action by Alex Fischman

“It Shouldn’t Be This Easy”, Social Action by Rachel Fidler

“Urban Exploration”, Documentary by Harry Thong

“Jonah Goes to War”, Narrative by Alexander Raphael

“Cut the Tall Trees”, Social Action by Noah Bennet

“Treat All Symptoms”, Social Action by Rachel Fidler

“The Third Person”, Experimental by Janan Mostajabi

“Grass”, Experimental by Patrick Utz

“Urban Animal”, Social Action by Cindy Ding