14th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival

Feb 27, 2017 03:52:01 PM


Kalamazoo, MI –

The Oscars is old news! It's time to roll out the red carpet for the 14th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival! 

When: Saturday, March 4, 12 pm
Where:Chenery Auditorium, 714 S. Westnedge Ave. 
This event is free and open to the public. 

Nearly 100 film shorts were submitted by some of Michigan's most talented teens, but only 21 of them made the cut for the final round to win top prizes. Popcorn will be provided and the audience will have the opportunity to vote for the People's Choice award!

Play List:

  1. The 1%: Crisis in the Great Lakes by Griffin Olis
  2. SafeNet Appliances by Erick Hatter & Seamus Hyman
  3. MiGRAiNE by Reid Riley
  4. We are Torn by Logan R. Workman
  5. The Life of Paul by Luke McGee
  6. Enigma by Dominic Krupp
  7. Ode to Crayola by Alex Hamilton
  8. Monster's Ball by Claire Davis & Eleri Watkins
  9. Send Her Love by Dorian Murphy & Emilee Erny
  10. New Game by Logan R. Workman
  11. Undertone by Sylvia Gabriel & Aiden Standke
  12. The Palm by Sage Benner
  13. Tabletop by Alex Hamilton
  14. Picturing by Sylvia Gabriel & Aiden Standke
  15. The Resolution by Seamus Hymans
  16. A Piece on the Board by Erick Hatter
  17. You Don't Know by Camryn Bullock
  18. The Chickening by Emma Fergusson
  19. The Invisible Abductor by DyShauna Rutherford
  20. Midnight Unicycling by Annareetta Reponen
  21. Breathe by Makenzie Hanfland (Young Filmmakers Category)


  • Grand Prize - Best Film: GoPro Hero 4, Polar Pro Promic GoPro Microphone Kit and GOcase H4 POV Pro Case 
  • Best Experimental Film: $50 Best Buy gift card
  • Best Music Video: $50 Best Buy gift card
  • Best Short Film (under 3 minutes): $50 Best Buy gift card
  • Best Technical Merit: $50 Best Buy gift card
  • Best Cinematic Merit: $50 Best Buy gift card
  • Judge's Choice: $250 B&H Photo gift card
  • People's Choice: $50 Best Buy gift card
  • Young Filmmaker Award: KIA Kirk Newman Scholarship

Presented by Master of Ceremonies: Kevin Park


Aubrey Hardaway is a multimedia artist in Kalamazoo who specializes in diversity and inclusion animation, video, and photography. She is the Chair of the Art and New Media Program at Kalamazoo Valley Community College's Center for New Media where she is the lead instructor of Animation/Game Art and Multimedia/Video. Aubrey also mentors students of all ages in film making, animation, and fine art. But what she is really known for is her series of fairy illustrations she created for eight years that celebrate all walks of life. Currently she is working on an animated short to be showcased at the June Art Hop of this year.

Cristen Leifheit is a moving image artist. She earned a BFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in photography and has expanded her knowledge of the single photographic image to create highly crafted image sequences. Her films have been screened in various galleries and festivals across the US and Europe. The videos emphasize bugs and animals as characters and themes that include paranoia, the cyclical and survival. Leifheit's recent work has expanded to include technology's role in the interruption of natural cycles and the transformation of the physical landscape. The medium of stop motion creates a surreal and transformative quality of the work that usually falls between the state of narrative of film and experimental moving image. 

Joel Potrykus is an American writer/director who resides in Grand Rapids where he continues to work with his filmmaking band, Sob Noisse. Buzzard (2014) (SXSW) is the final installment in his Animal Trilogy, following the feature film Ape (2012) (winner of Best Emerging Director, Locarno Film Festival) and the super 8 short cycle Coyote (2010). Along with production, Potrykus teaches screenwriting at Grand Valley State University and writes for an annual film criticism publication. He has also been the subject of retrospectives at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2015 and at the 2016 Valdivia Film Festival in Chile. 


The Public Media Network will cover the Teen Filmmaker Festival and will broadcast all entries chosen for the festival, the awards presentations, and interviews with the winners. DVDs of the festival will be available for purchase at cost to interested filmmakers and fans. 

The broadcasts will run 3/9 - 3/30 on Charter 187/U-Verse 99

  • Tuesdays: 9 pm
  • Wednesdays: 3:30 pm
  • Thursdays: 10 am
  • Saturdays: 1 pm
  • Online at PublicMediaNet.org

The 14th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival is presented by: Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Public Media Network, Campaign Pictures and Chenery Auditorium. For more information, visit kpl.gov/teenfilmfest.


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