Kalamazoo Public Library Announces the Winners of the 11 Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival

Feb 26, 2014 02:20:53 PM


Kalamazoo, MI –

Kalamazoo Public Library wishes to congratulate the winners of the 11th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival, which took place at the State Theatre, on Sunday, February 23. The Teen Filmmaker Festival presents the best teen-produced and directed films of 2014. Nearly one hundred films were submitted from teens, ages 12-19 from across Michigan, with the highest concentration of them coming from Kalamazoo County. This also marks the first year that films submitted from female directors outnumbered male directors. More than 400 people came to the State Theatre to view the films and vote for their favorites.

Three expert judges awarded prizes for best film, best animation, best experimental film, best documentary, best short film (under three minutes), best technical merit, best music video, and judges’ choice. Audience members voted for a people’s choice award.

The Winners:

Award Category/Prize Awarded/Film Director  

  • Grand Prize Best Film, Best Animation (won $1,000 B&H Photo Gift Card and $50 Best Buy Gift Card)Eros and Psyche     Haley Labian
  • Best Experimental Film (won $50 Best Buy Gift Card)  Almond Eyes     Samuel Peters and Jake Lamons
  • People's Choice, Judge's Choice (won $50 Best Buy Gift Card and a $250 B&H Photo Gift Card)  The Worst Christmas     Nathan Ginter
  • Best Short Film (won $50 Best Buy Gift Card)  Fireworks     Alexi Mitchell
  • Best Technical Merit, Best Music Video (won two $50 Best Buy Gift Cards)  Gull Lake Winter 2013     Jake Lamons
  • Best Cinematic Merit (won $50 Best Buy Gift Card)Far Beyond the Reservoir     Jonathan D'Ambrosio


2014 Finalists: The following are the official selections for the 2014 Teen Filmmaker Festival 

  1. Gull Lake Winter2013     Jake Lamons
  2. The Home of Magic     Nathan Ginter
  3. Title Here     Madelyn Momano
  4. Spun      Cassie Ward, Hunter Thomas, Emily Suzor, and Maureen Reed
  5. Proper Pets     Alec Elzinga
  6. The Robbery     Ryan Bare
  7. Interview with a Serial Killer     Kyle Misak
  8. Fireworks     Alexi Mitchell
  9. Love is Garbage     Kaitlyn Ludeker
  10. A Chronicle of Western Swordsmanship     Austin Patrie
  11. Seabiscuit     Claire Abdo
  12. Home Alone     Betsy Eaton
  13. Far Beyond the Reservoir     Jonathan D'Ambrosio
  14. A Tale of Two Sisters     Remearis Brown
  15. Macho Banana     Stephen Hull
  16. Mutts of Motown     Emily Livermore
  17. Out of the Frying Pan     Luke Spangler
  18. Move Along Music Video     Regan Tyre
  19. The Worst Christmas     Nathan Ginter
  20. Running     Cameron Sleeper
  21. Almond Eyes     Samuel Peters, Jake Lamons
  22. Wake Me Up     Hannah Grabowski
  23. Eros and Psyche     Haley Labian
  24. The Butterfly Effect     Yazmine Vargas


Kalamazoo’s Public Media Network recorded the Teen Filmmaker Festival. PMN will broadcast entries chosen for the festival, awards presentations, and interviews with the winners. Check http://www.publicmedianet.org for broadcast dates and times. The films will also be available for viewing on KPL’s website

The Teen Filmmaker Festival is cosponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Public Media Network, the Kalamazoo State Theatre,  Campaign Pictures and Alamo Draft House

Special thanks to the Kalamazoo State Theatre for hosting the 11th Annual Filmmaker Festival.


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