2012 Teen Filmmaker Festival

Award Winners and Finalists

2012 Best Film Award blue ribbon

War Within by Jonathan D'Ambrosio | HD version

A young soldier struggles to balance patriotic duty and the love of his wife.

Judges' Choice Award blue ribbon

Winter Wonderland by Morgan King

Snowflakes, lights, and snow are abound in this wintery world.

People's Choice Award blue ribbon

Through the Mirror by Griffin Snow

Two unlikely gas station attendants find a portal leading into an alternate reality.

Best Animation Award blue ribbon

The Charge of the Light Brigade by Matthew George

Animation showcasing the ride into the "Valley of Death" by British cavalry during the Battle of Balaclava.

Best Music Video Award blue ribbon

Sling by Aaron Porter

With his sling in hand, a young boy sets out to discover what lies waiting over the hill.

Best Experimental Film Award blue ribbon

Mutual Slump by Samuel Peters

A young man struggles with prescription medication and depression.

Best Short Film Award blue ribbon

Plugged In by Anna Dodd

A young woman struggles with the overbearing, restricting grasp of modern technology.

Best Technical Merit Award blue ribbon

The Mission by Kyle Misak

A father/husband seeks his own brand of justice for the crimes committed against his family.

2012 Finalists




Be YouBecky Burgen
Winter WonderlandMorgan King
PortalAaron Porter
Rumor Has ItMaureen Reed
Our Dearly CorrodedEsther Stoneburner
The MissionKyle Misak
A HazydayAlec Elzinga
Idle HandsAlec Rager
Dawn of DeceaseJonathan D'Ambrosio
Artistic FlairAlysia Stozicki
Mutual SlumpSamuel Peters
The Monkey’s PawMatthew George
NewspaperMikhel Whaling
OpportunitiesHannah Mennega
Tree of LifeAudry Lyons, Sabrina Delgadillo,
Tayor Krupianik, & Mercedes Martell
Through the MirrorGriffin Snow
ShadowsIris Tanja
The Charge of the Light BrigadeMatthew George
Plugged InAnna Dodd
War WithinJonathan D'Ambrosio
SlingAaron Porter

Official Rules

Films must be produced by teens, ages 13-18, who reside in the state of Michigan. More than one teen my work on a film. Adults may be talent in a film, but should perform no other duty in the actual creation of the film. Films may not be more than 10 minutes long. Teens may submit more than one film. Films submitted to the festival will not be returned.

A panel of expert judges select the winners in each category except the People’s Choice Award, which is chosen at the Teen Filmmaker Festival by the audience members.

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