FIRST IN FESTIVAL

First in Festival represents the highest overall average score among all scoring jury members. 

Play Ball

by Eden Ashkenazi

Cresskill High School

This short film shows the consequences of teasing a dog who simply wants to play fetch.


THEME

“The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.” 

- Gene Roddenberry

Winner

CHS Walkout

by Sarah Green

Cresskill High School


ANIMATION

Winner

Play Ball

by Eden Ashkenazi

Cresskill High School

This short film shows the consequences of teasing a dog who simply wants to play fetch.

 

Finalist

Upside Down

by Skizzie None

Howell High School

Our main character, Ali has some pretty bad anxiety. Every day situations feel like crazy tasks that she has to get through. It feel's like she can't keep her own gravity in check. Can she keep her cool?

 

Finalist

The Tiny Visit

by Tyson Animation

Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts

A scared little discovers friendship and love with some magical creatures in the night and overcomes his fears.


MUSIC VIDEO

Winner

Broken: The Musical

by Reese Garcia

Piscataway High School

Jack Michaelson, newly single and ready to mingle, finds himself on the popular dating site brokenhearts.com. In this musical adventure, he stumbles upon girls of different personalities, eventually finding true love in someone unexpected.

 

Finalist

Illusion

by Hunter Gould & Rome Elias

Jackson Liberty High School

Original song by Rome Elias and music video shot and edited by Hunter Gould.

 

Finalist

Perfect Timing

by Abby Vallaster & Rebecca Chiafullo

Jackson Liberty High School

This is a music video created for the Student Television Network National Convention. Rights were given by the artist to create a music video for the song.

 

Finalist

Loveless

by Weston Bering

Episcopal High School

A couple who meets at a masquerade ball is interrupted by another couple's plan to heist them. What follows tests both of them physically and emotionally as they fight their way to safety.


NON FICTION

Winner

Sunrise Day Camp is the Best Camp

by Lia Choi

Cresskill High School

A little boy explains why Sunrise Day Camp, a summer camp for pediatric cancer survivors and their siblings, is so important for him and his family.

 

Finalist

The Long-o Road to Recovery

by Alex King

Cresskill High School

Senior Jack Longo, as well as his mother, speak about his UCL Reconstruction surgery, also known as Tommy John surgery. Both explain the hardships they went through before, during, and after Jack's surgery.

 

Finalist 

Inside "Inside the NFL"

by Julia Maltby

Cresskill High School

Interviews with various members of Showtime's award-winning show "Inside the NFL" give you a glimpse into the unique environment that makes this series so successful.


PSA

Winner

You Deserve a Brighter Tomorrow

by Austin Segal & Mary Shea & Bella Trucco

Ridge High School

This suicide prevention PSA is meant to remind those considering suicide that every single human on earth deserves a brighter tomorrow.

Finalist

Conserve to Preserve

by Olivia Douglas & Julianna Santamauro & Justin Coughlin

Howell High School

Connor Servation and Reba Cycle teach people about ways they can help the enviroment!

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Finalist

A Clean Perspective

by Matt Dorgan

Point Loma High School

A Clean Perspective is a short PSA about the consequences that come with polluting the ocean and all of the things that would be lost if we keep ruining our coastlines.

 

Finalist

The Sharing Network PSA

by Enrique Torres

Passaic County Technical Institute

A video to help save lives through organ donation


COMEDY

Winner 

The Elephant in the Room

by Fox Helms

Denver School of the Arts

A father and son struggle to maintain a relationship and overcome the obstacles that neither can acknowledge.

 

Finalist

Tick-Tock

by Keegan Tindall

Northern Burlington County Regional High School

 

Finalist

Finders Keepers

by Jalixa Mancebo

Bergenfield High School

In this exaggerated rockumentary a young girl (Amanda Riley) reveals her frustration towards constantly misplacing her belongings, unaware that a creature is the one at fault. this creature (Nameless) is part of the Keepers Clans, a group of professional mischievous collectors, thieves, and "misplaces" who spend their days driving people insane. Ultimately, the comedic film is a take on the real life struggle of misplacing items in an unreasonable matter.


UNCATEGORIZABLE

Winner

Insomnia

by Michelle Yu

Cresskill High School

After having confusing and disturbing dreams, teenager Josh Braxton struggles to decipher what is real and what is imaginative.

 

Finalist

Stuck

by Eden Ashkenazi

Cresskill High School

A rare connection forms between two opposing characters in High School, thanks to one unique detention and one deadly raccoon.

 

Finalist

The Journey 

by Ethan Feaster

Palmer High School

"The Journey" refers to the journey your imagination takes while creating a story.


SCRIPTWRITING

Winner

The Way Things Change

by Isabel Weiner

Northern Valley Regional High School Old Tappan

Five radically different people trying to come to terms with their complicated past reunite in an attempt to make their "nobody" classmate into a "somebody".


MIDDLE SCHOOL VIDEO

Winner

In Plain Sight

by Carli Platt, Grade 7

Sharey Tefilo School

Not every holocaust victim was sent to a concentration camp. Some didn't lose their lives, but instead lost everything that was important to them: their family, their religious identity, their childhood, and their way of life.

This Documentary Short profiles Wilhelmina De Kadt, now Willie Juhlin, whose family lived in The Netherlands during World War II. This is the story of how Willie and her brother avoided being sent to a concentration camp. Through a bit of luck, she survived by hiding in plain sight with a Catholic family, and was eventually reunited with her only surviving adult family member, who brought her to America to start a new life.