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.