Hotchkiss students garnered top awards at the sixth Annual Hotchkiss Film Festival, held May 13 in Walker Auditorium. The Hotchkiss Film club board chose nine films from among the 36 films submitted for the juried event. Audrey Roh '17 won the grand jury prize for her film Hal-ah-bo-jee!, and Ali Heros '18 won the audience award for her film Broadway!
This year's judges were Dana Polan from NYU Tisch Film School, Sam Kauffman from Boston University, Changhee Chun from Ithaca College, and Jeffrey Ruoff from Dartmouth. The annual festival is organized by the Hotchkiss Film Club.
Other winning submissions included Abstraction by Melanie Black from Milton Academy, which won for best cinematography; Between the Lines by Connor Greene, George Loh, and Joey Leung from the International School of Beijing, which won best screenplay; and Jade by Ian Walker from International School of Beijing, which received an honorable mention.
Brian Ryu '13 and Julia Krom '13, who are attending NYU, also returned to campus for the event and to premiere screening of their web series, Who Wants to be a Mini Mouse!, which launched May 15.
As the winner of the grand jury prize, Roh will be offered a full scholarship for Relativity Education's 2017 summer workshop, where she will get to work with a motion picture studio on a working lot in Los Angeles. Special thanks for organizing the festival goes to to Elisa Xu '17 and Augie Rice '18, and club advisor and instructor in film Ann Villano.