Mount St. Joseph University

Aspiring Filmmakers Recognized at the Mount’s Third Annual New Media Film Festival

Campus News, Communication and New Media Studies, School of Arts & Humanities, Department of Communication and New Media Studies

By: Kathy Owens

File Under: communications and new media studies, film festival

picture of high school students who participated in film festival
(L to R): Jack Murphy, Sarah Mahaney, Jack Chandler, Sean Scott, Maggie Jones, and Claire Beseler

More than 40 high school students, instructors, friends, and family attended the Third Annual New Media Film Festival Tuesday evening, April 16, at Mount St Joseph University, hosted by the Communication and New Media Studies Department.

Students from several; area high schools, including Anderson, Loveland, Seton, and Wilmington, submitted short films in three categories: Documentary & Social Change, Short Narrative, and Experimental

A jury of faculty from the Mount's School of Arts & Humanities selected the winning films, based on original and meaningful content, technical excellence, and overall quality. The winning films were:

Category Place Name High School Title of Work
Documentary First Place Sarah Mahaney Anderson "This is How it Ends"
Documentary First Runner-Up Maggie Jones Seton "The St. Joseph Home"
Documentary Second Runner-Up Claudia Wright Anderson "Sarah Bitter Commercial"
Experimental First Place Ari Mauk Anderson "One Man Show"
Short Narrative First Place Claire Beseler Loveland "This Broken Mind"
Short Narrative First Runner-Up Jack Murphy Wilmington "One Shot"
Short Narrative Second Runner-Up Jack Chandler Anderson "Iscariot"

Prominent themes among this year’s Narrative entries included gun violence in schools, bullying, suicide, gender roles, and self-esteem issues. Featured documentaries highlighted local politics, raised awareness about helping people with developmental disabilities, and reflected on active shooter response training in high schools.

The catered event included a screening of award winning films with a question and answer sessions with student filmmakers, a red carpet reception sponsored by the Office of Admissions, and live music provided by the Music Department.

The Communication & New Media Studies Department at Mount St. Joseph University congratulates all the participants. Organizers look forward to building on this event and inviting more local talent to Mount St. Joseph University for the Fourth Annual New Media Film Festival in April 2020.