Arts & Entertainment

Columbia H.S. Students Win Top Awards at 3rd Annual High School Film Festival

Max Goldstein and Aidan Romanaux, winners Best Film of the Festival Credits: James Manno - South Orange Maplewood School District
Sophie Goodman-Merel, winner, Best Animation Credits: James Manno - South Orange Maplewood School District
MAHWAH, NJ - Film and animation students from Columbia High School (CHS) had multiple wins at the 2017 Ramapo College of New Jersey's 3rd Annual High School Film Festival.
The festival, which took place on Dec. 2, featured a diverse group of films chosen by a jury of Ramapo College faculty, students, and industry professionals, according to the festival website.

Students entered original films in a variety of genres, with awards given in categories that included editing, cinematography, documentary and fiction. In all, 37 student films were screened and judged by a panel of Ramapo College faculty. Each entrant was awarded an Oscar-type statuette, and the top five films were presented with a plaque and gift card, according to a press release from the festival.

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CHS students won three of the top six awards, including "Best of the Fest."
Here are all of the CHS winners by category:
Best Film of The Festival - Max's Candy Crush (Directed By Aidan Romanaux and Max Goldstein) 
See the film here: 

Best Documentary - Village To Village (Directed by Max Goldstein) 
See the film here: 

Best Animation - Super Convention (Created and Animated by Sophie Goodman-Merel) 
See the film here: 

A 4th entry was Fosamiso (created and animated by recent graduate Andrew Campbell) which received a finalist trophy.  See the film here: 

“This was the third annual festival and our biggest yet, with filmmakers, friends, parents, cast and crew packing the theater to watch over thirty films of every type and genre from dozens of high schools all across New Jersey,” said Neel Scott, Associate Professor of Communications Arts in the School of Contemporary Arts at Ramapo College. “If the films from the festival are any evidence, the next generation of New Jersey filmmakers is very talented. We look forward to continuing to grow the festival each year, and to screening the impressive work of New Jersey high school students.”

The CHS winners are all students of Paul Marigliano, Film and Animation teacher at CHS.

The CHS films will also be screened at three upcoming festivals: The Montclair Future Filmmakers Festival, The SOMA Young Filmmakers Film Festival, and The SNY Future Filmmakers Festival.

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