Young filmmakers showcased their skills at the Gig Harbor Film Festival’s 72-Hour Film Competition.
Fourteen teams entered films in the competition, which took to the big screen at the Galaxy Theatre on Sunday afternoon.
Creative director Lance Richards oversaw the competition, and the films were judged by a panel comprised of Dennis Minor, Al Abbott and Stephanie DeRosa.
The competition is the first event as part of a new approach by the festival to host events throughout the year while leading up to the 2016 Film Festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 20 to 23. Students from Kopachuck, Harbor Ridge and Lighthouse middle schools competed, as well as students from Harbor Heights Elementary, Peninsula High School and Olympic College. Winners included:
▪ Best Picture (13 and younger): “Planet Grey” by 137 Productions (Ian Belton, Liam Aston, Nicholas Huntington, Nicholas Rooney and Jack Shanafelt)
▪ Best Picture (14 to 18): “Study Night” by Trapdoor Productions (Hailey Shanafelt, Grayson Doane and Anabella Hugo)
▪ Best Picture (19 and older): “Destination” by Team WildTry (Eric Jordan Mattos, Stephen DeVore, Matt Esteron, Cade Feldmeier, Fiona McLannan)
▪ 2016 Media Teacher of the Year: Alexa Shanafelt, Kopachuck Middle School
▪ Best Actor: Nicholas Huntington
▪ Best Actress: Elizabeth Cotter
▪ Best Cinematography: “Dawn of the Baby Kidnappers”
▪ Best Creative Storyline: “Just Remember”
▪ Best Use of Props: “Destination”