2020 Festival

2020 Student Finalists

Dama-Nation, A Millis High School Kendama Story
Millis, Ma - 2019 - 5:00 - Documentary
Josh Vaz, Brian Weloth, Dylan Sumner, Cole Sullivan
First time filmmakers explore the rise in popularity of the Kendama at their high school. They even scored an interview with the Kendama company owner and professional competitors at Sweets Kendamas in Minneapolis,MN. For this film they built a Kendama using a 3D printer, interviewed students and staff and researched the Kendama history.


Almost Will )
Concord, Ma - 2020 - 10:00 - Live Action
Richard Li
Struggling with perfectionism, a high-school works on a soon-due, nationwide music composing contest.


Elise, The Unsung Hero
Millis, Ma - 2020 - 4:26 - Documentary
Mia Molinari, Leah Abraham
Two freshmen from Millis High School created a documentary on their fellow classmate Elise Spies, who suffers from a severe disability. Very few cases exist. She is one in six. Our documentary challenges the viewer deeper to not judge a book by its cover and to make friendships with people outside our comfort zone.


Not Just That Night
Sudbury, Ma - 2020 - 3:04 - Live Action
Kaleigh Barrera
Liv is a young woman who suffers from flashbacks from the night she was raped.


Yankee Wood Carvers
Stow, Ma - 2019 - 5:32 - Documentary
Molly Trunfio
In this short documentary, you get a glimpse into the amazing world of wood carving. We follow a small, family owned business set in the heart of New England. Traditions are honored and upkeeped. There is no lack of talent in this unique form of art that so few people practice today. We highlight some achievements this family business has accomplished.


Hudson, Ma - 2019 - 1:27 - Live Action
Alessa Maiuri, Lauren Schiavone
Surreality is a short film taking on the contemporary concept of surrealism. Surrealism is the absence of reality and the presence unusual and unexpected events. This short film in particular is about a girl who has a nightmare that she is lost and running from something however she doesn't know what she is running from. She has flashes of images of herself without a head. It is then she realizes its her own mind and contradicting thoughts she Is running from. When she wakes from her nightmare she is relived but frightened once again when the surrealism turns into reality in her reflection in the mirror, aka surreality.


Maynard, Ma - 2019 - 3:06 - Animated
Charlie Stearns, Sean Oliphant, Sofia Rubio, Emma Lowery
A stop motion music video set to the song Love by Imagine Dragons.


Maynard, Ma - 2019 - 3:06 - Live Action
Claire Candella, Molly Hines, Olivia Bakalos,  Emily Bakalos, Samantha Bakalos, Caroline Gallo, Natalie Hayes
She says she's your friend, but she has a much more sinister motive.


Colors of the Rainbow
Maynard, Ma - 2019 - 1:12 - Animated
Emma Lowery
In this stop motion film, crayons exclude certain colors, and this is not ok!


Get Your Ducks In A Row
Maynard, Ma - 2019 - 1:40 - Animated
Jordan Mullen, Mykenzi Billings, Lindsey Campbell
In this stop motion animation, two ducks find love, even though they are excluded by all the rest! 


What You Don't Know
Maynard, Ma - 2019 - 4:57 - Documentary
Caroline Gallo, Emily Bakalos, Molly Hines, Natalie Hayes, Olivia Bakalos, Samantha Bakalos
Teenagers take a moment to explain the stresses of a new generation, and why anxiety and depression are on the rise.


MHN The Office
Maynard, Ma - 2019 - 7:07 - Live Action
Thomas Hellerstein, Robin Jerekulah, John Ogden, Jeff Paterno, Molly McPhail, Aihua Boothroyd, Cameron Giunta, Caitlyn O'Leary, Melissa McPhail
Students from the Maynard High News department (MHN) have to prevent the cancelling of their show....The Office style.


If I Can't Have You, No One Can.
Natick, Ma - 2020 - 3:07 - Live Action
Caroline Solakian, Annie Zhu
Agnis secretly pursues her boss, Bartholome, until she discovers how her obsession threatens her wellbeing as well as the lives of others.


The Deadly Diction Duel
Natick, Ma - 2020 - 2:26 - Live Action
Nuala Kilroy, Sarah Milch
Hayword Haybale and Harold Marigold are locked in an intense tongue-twisting duel when a surprise guest steals the spotlight.


Plant Based for the Planet
Millis, Ma - 2020 - 0:30 - Animated
Jaden Adams
Climate change PSA