2020 High School Film Competition

Saturday, March 7th
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Foundry Church


*Reception follows the screenings – sponsored by Bibibop and Guapo’s.
*Workshop on Getting Started in Your Media Career with industry professionals starts at 1:45

This year’s judges are:

Washington DC native Luke Barnett is a writer, producer and performer best know for his work with Will Ferrell’s website, Funny or Die, where he co-created the Streamy nominated series, “The Walking Fred”, and many topical comedy videos on the site. His feature debut, horror-comedy “Fear, Inc”, stars Abigail Breslin and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Deirdre Evans-Pritchard, DCIFF Executive Director, established the High School Competition at the festival in 2013 as a means to assure that talented young filmmakers have an outlet for their work. Having handed running of the competition of the competition on to high school students themselves, she is delighted to be able to judge the finalists this year.

Eli Savada is a film historian and critic. Since 1977, he has owned and operated the Motion Picture Information Service, which has provided customized copyright research reports to over 1,200 clients.


Directed by Christopher Putlock
USA / 2019 / 3 mins

What happens when a fun water balloon war is taken too seriously?

Blossoming: A Beautiful Journey of Kids with Down Syndrome and Art

Directed by Xicheng Gu
China / 2019 / 16 mins

Fei Fei, a kid with Down Syndrome, has been taking calligraphy classes for over six years.

Happy Pill

Directed by Wyatt Richards
USA / 2019 / 7 mins
A student explores happiness, conformity and the consequences of both

Hold On

Directed by students at the Blue Ridge Detention Center 
USA / 2019 / 2 mins

Students at the Blue Ridge Detention Center wrote a song to talk about their experience and directed the accompanying music video.


Directed by Jittarin Wuthiphan
Thailand / 2019 / 4 mins

Father and son have a heated argument over their beliefs.


Directed by Jackson Little
USA / 2019 / 5 mins

A businessman under pressure working at home, finds himself facing a series of strange occurrences while waiting for his wife to come home.

The Program

Directed by Autumn Morgan
USA / 2019 / 17 mins

A teen drove, texted and killed and is sentenced to live with a family that had lost their son in the same manner.

The Rose

Directed by Ashley Kang
USA / 2019 / 7 mins
Mina, a young painter is tormented by someone at her studio who picks on every little mistake on her work.

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