15th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival Awards!


2018 Award Winners and Finalists

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists in the 15th annual Teen Filmmaker Festival!


This Year’s Award Winners

2017 Best Film Award blue ribbon

Upright by Dominic Krupp

Written, directed, shot & edited by Dominic Krupp. Starring Maria Krupp

Learning to Forget by Hannah Powless

Best Experimental Film blue ribbon

Learning to Forget by Hannah Powless

Starring Hannah Gibbs as "Her." Poem and picture by Hannah Powless. Alex Rosewarne: "Tripod" Manager. Ally Weston: Videographer.

Music 1: She Lost Her Wings by Josh Woodward. Music 2: She Dreams in Blue by Josh Woodward. Music 3: Lafayette by Josh Woodward.

Mrs. Potato Head by Hannah Biddlecome

Best Music Video blue ribbon

Mrs. Potato Head by Hannah Biddlecome

Starring Hannah Biddlecome, Brie Bradley and Ross Argue, with Lucia Brosco, Jasmine Barnes, Brian Schrieber, Tyler Helgeson, Frank Bravata, Jaylen (Butter) Clark, Kaylee Peterson, Micah Graff, and Keegan Russell.

Hannah Biddlecome: screenplay, director, camera and editor. Keegan Russell: camera.

Sweater of Doom by Dorian Murphy

Best Short Film blue ribbon

Sweater of Doom by Dorian Murphy

Starring Austin Kemp as James, Jalexia Stoutmyre as Julie, Josh Dominowski as Mysterious Man.

Director: Dorian Murphy, 1st A.D.: Jordan Dykema, Director of photography: Austin McCormick, Art Dept.: Jordan Dykema, Sound Mixer: Nick Buwalda, Lighting & Grip: Forrest Gelinas, Editor: Nick Buwalda.

The Renegades by Sebastian Cubillejo

Best Technical Merit blue ribbon

The Renegades by Sebastian Cubillejo

Written and directed by Sebastian Cubillejo. Produced by Teddy Sweeney. Executive Producer: Brian Stackpoole. Starring Max Rakozy and Emily Cherry, with Derrick McBride-Hackett and Spencer Szczpanski as "The Dealer."

Animated and directed by Sebastian Cubillejo. Music composed by Sebo Simon. Additional tracks provided by Audioblocks. Additional sound effects by Audioblocks and Splice. Special thanks to Carson Dara and Andreas Marinescu.

See The Sun by Adam Burns

Best Cinematic Merit blue ribbon

See The Sun by Adam Burns

Music: "See the Sun (feat. Oblivion)" by Tres Crow

A film by Adam Burns

Knights of Fantasy by Carson Wilder

Judges' Choice blue ribbon

Knights of Fantasy by Carson Wilder

Her by Izak Schipper

People's Choice blue ribbon

Her by Izak Schipper

Song: Her by Eery. Produced by Izak Schipper.

Thanks to: Edin Garberic, Raymond Budd.

Pure Imagination by Ella Thomas

Young Filmmaker Awardblue ribbon

Pure Imagination by Ella Thomas

Music: Pure Imagination

A film by Ella Thomas.

2018 Finalists




Carson Wilder Knights of Fantasy
Luke BroylesWelcome Home
Luke McGeeGhost Ferreters
Spencer HaydoDon’t Do Memes, Do Life
Zack DumasJason Brubaker’s Story Ideas
Alex HamiltonDry Oats
Hannah BiddlecomeMrs. Potato Head
Hannah PowlessLearning to Forget
Sebastian CubillejoThe Renegades
Malak WazneObsessed
Adam BurnsSee The Sun
Alexander Prater Alex and Spencer Find a Body
Dorian MurphyPizza P.I.
Sylvia GabrielRecounting
Izak SchipperHer
Alexander SmithThe Interrogation
Dominic KruppUpright
Alex Hamilton Fortress
Bianca Hobson, Frankie Murchek, Shadae Hillsman and Shayne Mitchell Traveling
Micah Wagoner A Week in Michigan
Dorian Murphy  Sweater of Doom
Ella ThomasPure Imagination

Public Media Network (PMN) Broadcast Dates

Watch on Charter Cable Channel 187 / AT&T U-verse Channel 99:

  • Monday, March 26, 7 pm
  • Tuesday, March 27, 10 am
  • Friday, March 30, 2 pm
  • Saturday, April 1, 5:30 pm
  • ONLINE at PublicMediaNet.org

Official Rules

Films must be produced by teens, ages 12-19, 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. No bloopers, please. Teens may submit more than one film. Films submitted to the festival will not be returned.

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

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