HHS Entertainment Technology Students Win Big at NJ High School Film Challenge
Howell High School's Fine and Performing Arts Center program has added more awards to their trophy case after the Entertainment Technology Video program returned from the 2019 NJ High School Film Challenge with five wins.
"Setting Sail," directed by Isabella DeFabritus, took home Best Overall Film in addition to Best Screenplay (writers Sean Villa and Juliana Santamauro) and Best Actress for Juliana Santamauro. The short "Fostering Hope," created by Olivia Douglas, Joan Connolly, Lulu Chouha and Mitch Ritter, took home second place for Best Drama. The all-junior team of Sophie Genovese-Mester, Victoria Kral, Lily Fraser, Danny Fischer, and Maggie Orsino walked away with Best Use of Prop for their film "Paper Dolls."
This is Jackson Liberty High School's sixth year of hosting the NJ High School Film Challenge. The day, which includes workshops with industry professionals, hands-on learning with equipment and teacher roundtable talk, concludes with a hosted award show and screening of the winning films. The ET Video program has enjoyed success there in the past and the five awards in 2019 ties the program high from the year before.
The Rebels are enjoying an exceptionally successful year in program history, with the ET Video students having screened 28 films at 16 different festivals with 11 wins. The jury is still out on dozens of other entries at festivals around the country and the world, and the classes hope to continue the forward momentum, with Howell films screening at the Lighthouse International Film Festival in June and the Monmouth Film Festival in August. Some of the award-winning work will screen at the 35th annual FPAC Showcase event at 7 pm on May 30th at the Gosewisch Auditorium.
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