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Emerging Filmmakers Contest


The Emerging Filmmakers contest is open to any student currently enrolled in high school.

Emerging Filmmakers contest submissions will be accepted beginning April 6, 2020.

What is the Emerging Filmmakers contest?

The Emerging Filmmakers contest began in 2017 as an opportunity to showcase films created by students currently enrolled in high school. It provides high school student filmmakers with an opportunity to showcase their films in front of their peers and UNW film students. Films submitted must be in the categories of comedy, drama, music video, documentary, and animation. Student films are judged by Northwestern faculty, alumni, and film professionals from around the country.

The top three films are shown at an on-campus reception. Each film is required to be 2-4 minutes in length and is judged by the Five16 Film Festival team members.

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2019 Film Festival Winners


Best Comedy: Cut! A Dramedy by Jayden Peterman

Best Animation: Tricks & Treats by Gracia Blazek, Sydney Lindgren & Rebekah Kroeplin

Best Music Video: Lonely by Kyle Livingood

Best Documentary: Toni Stone: For the Love of the Game by Kyle Livingood

Best Drama and Audience: Try, Try by Sage Haynes

Best Cinematography: Sole Survivor by Jeffrey Lloyd (DP - Kyle Livingood)

Best Actor: Falicia Cunningham in On the Inside by Kourtney White, Carson Mithelman, Kyle Livingood, Maizie Scott, and Samuel Bostrom

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