Lower Macungie Middle School took the top spot among middle school entries.
The winning entry titled “The Dare,” by Parkland student Graham Burrell, was screened on Sunday afternoon at the Emmaus Theatre along with other winning submissions. Cash prizes and trophies were awarded during a special ceremony during the festival that recognized all of the winning filmmakers for their work.
The 2013 Student Horror Film Festival actually began on Oct. 10 when filmmakers in middle school and high school were invited to a free, kickoff “how-to” class with industry professionals.
During the kick-off event, participants were provided filmmaking tips and techniques and given the theme and genre for the festival. Students were then given 96 hours to conceptualize, shoot, edit and produce a six-minute (maximum length) film.
Submissions were judged by an independent panel of professionals in the film industry and selected films screened at the Student Horror Film Festival on Sunday.
All films were judged on set criteria -- effective use of required material; storytelling ability; quality of acting, editing and film direction; creativity and originality.
Winning films will also be displayed on the Emmaus Arts Commission website and YouTube.
The 8th Annual Student Horror Film Festival Winners
- 1st Place: Tea van Linde, Anika Stetz – “A Visit From Lulu” – Lower Macungie Middle School
- 2nd Place: Klay Koehler – “The Chimes” – Eyer Middle School
- Creativity and Originality – Ailish Conway, “Soul Canning” – PA Cyber School
- Emmaus Arts Commission Special Award – Lily Day, May Day, “Don’t Let the Scare Bear Bite” – Lower Macungie Middle School.
- 1st Place – Graham Burrell, “The Dare,” – Parkland High School
- 2nd Place – Pierce Campion, Kyle Reverie, “Werewolves,” – Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts
- Best Use of Required material – Doug Chrin, “Joe’s Box” – Emmaus High School
- Best Editing and Film Direction – Elliot Laubach, David Pickett, Drew Switzer, “Family Curse, The Robinsons” – Emmaus High School
- Creativity and Originality – Andrew Gigler, “The Meatloaf Messages” – Emmaus High School