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Giffoni Film Festival: Italy
The Giffoni Film Festival is an international film festival in Italy with a jury of over 3,000 students from 50 countries. Jurors stay with host families near the festival watching the festival selections, attending workshops, and participating in discussions about the films.
In 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 we sent three students selected for their dedication to filmmaking and based on a written application essay. In addition to their responsibilities as jurors, students were able to include visits to Pompeii and Rome, go shopping in Capri, and swimming in Amalfi. It truly is a trip of a lifetime that greatly impacts our view of the world!
We are hoping that with the end of the pandemic, this trip will resume.
National Film Festival for Talented Youth - Seattle
The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) is the largest student film festival in the world for students ages 6-24. We've been sending students since 2012 and each year we are inspired by the films we see and the people we meet. We love their workshops, panels, Q&As and the collaborative, friendly atmosphere they foster. It is always an honor to have a film screened at the festival. For several years we have also had students win the Jury Award for "Best New Talent Under 14". Makenna Cannon (2014), Theo Taplitz (2015), Ella Fields (2016), Ella McKeon (2018),
In 2019 we entered and won first place in the 48 hour Film Off and then in 2022 won both first and second place in the Stock Footage Narrative Editing Challenge.
All American High School Film Festival - New York City
The All American High School Film Festival is the second largest student film festival in the world for students in middle and high. Students attend the festival in Times Square, NYC with a weekend of workshops, panels, competitions, and Q&As. In Fall, 2020 St. Margaret's film students began competing in the Film Invitational writing, shooting, and editing films in as little as four days. Our students have won multiple awards for Film Invitationals and other filmmaking categories through AAHSFF.
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