Director’s Cut

BV celebrates winners from first Film Festival

Courtney Carpenter, Co-Editor

April 3 was Blue Valley’s first Film Festival Awards Ceremony.

The ceremony took place in the PAC at 7 p.m. and had a $3 entry fee. The Film Festival’s creator, sophomore Maria Gnoza, said there were eight entries total, averaging five minutes in length and ranging from documentaries to narratives.

“For the first year, eight entries is actually pretty good, considering films take a ton of work to do,” Gnoza said. “I’m very happy with what we’ve done this year and am looking forward to next year as well on a much larger scale.”

The films were previously viewed March 28 by the judging panel — two Kansas City film professionals, Kansas City Film Festival member Michelle Davidson and Emmy Award winner and actor Kendal Sinn.

The films were judged based on three categories — plot, creativity and editing — on a scale of 1 to 10.

The top three films’ winners were sophomore Jeremy Chenoweth with “Dare You,” junior Bailey Klehn with “Hidden Scars” and junior Gennifer Geer and senior Sam Reber with “Better Tomorrow.” The winners were awarded roses, and the judges were given chocolate and gift cards.

Gnoza said she was extremely pleased with this year’s turnout.

“We had around 40 people in total show up,” Gnoza said. “That was more than I had originally expected, so how could I be upset with that? I cannot wait until next year when the whole district joins in — it’s going to be a blast.”