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Kingsbury’s Middle School Film Festival 2012 Winners Announced

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 @ 1:41 PM

February 27, 2012


Local middle school filmmakers got a taste of Hollywood today as winners were announced at Kingsbury’s Middle School Film Festival 2012, held at the Oxford 7 Theater.  All contest finalists had their films screened for the theater audience.  Students were thrilled to see themselves and their films up on the big screen.


In the Best Original Story category, Palmer Wells (Washington Twp.) and Anna Ibarra (Oxford) took home the prize for their film “The C.A.T. Heroes”, a comedy about a team of heroes that helps cats in trouble.  Palmer and Anna are 5th grade students at Kingsbury Country Day School in Oxford.  The other finalists in this category were “Someone’s Hero” by the team How to Survive made up of 8th grade students at Scripps Middle School in Lake Orion, and “Da Bully’s Lesson” by KRMJ, a team of 6th grade students from Scripps Middle School.


In the Best Animation category, the judges honored “The Heroic Story”, by Rebecca Gursin (Lake Orion) & Colin Leahey (Lake Orion), a team of 6th grade students at Scripps Middle School.  This film was about two kids who help out after a fire at an orphanage.


In the Best Documentary category, the judges recognized Connor Lafferre (Columbiaville) and Marissa Pruitt (Columbiaville), 8th grade students from Rolland-Warner Middle School in Lapeer, for their film “Heroic” which tries to answer the question, “What makes a hero?”


Kingsbury’s Middle School Film Festival 2012 is a short film and video competition open to students in 5th through 8th grades.  Entrants submitted videos up to 2 minutes in length based on the theme “Hero”.  Judges including some from the film industry viewed each film and rated them based on story, use of theme, technical merit, execution, and audience appeal.  They provided feedback to each team so that this could be a learning experience as well as a competition.  The Festival can be viewed online at http://youtu.be/Hj0_heDUMNw


The competition is sponsored by Kingsbury Country Day School.  Kingsbury is an independent co-educational JK-8 day school in Oxford.  Kingsbury also offers a Summer Camp program including a weeklong session on Movie Making.  For more information, visitkingsburyschool.org or call 248-628-2571.

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