Student Short Film Showcase

Announcing the 2018 Student Short Film Showcase winners: 

Best High School Film -  GENE-E by Brandon Ellis of Slidell

Best College Film - STAY WOKE by Langston Williams of the University of New Orleans

Audience Favorite awards

 

PARTY ON by Nick Manning of the University of New Orleans

MACKEY & GIBBS by Crawford Lemoine of Madisonville

 

 

 

2018 STUDENT SHORT FILM SHOWCASE

4 p.m. Saturday, June 9
Mandeville Trailhead Depot
675 Lafitte St., Mandeville, Louisiana. 
Admission is free
 
AUDIENCE AWARDS: The public is invited to vote for their favorite in the annual Audience Award competition. Ballots are given out at 4 p.m. and votes are collected from those who view all the films. 
 
JURY AWARDS: There will be a cash award of $100 each for the jury selection of Best College Film and Best High School Film.  
 
A Q&A with the student filmmakers in attendance will follow the screening. Winners will be announced following the Q&A. 
 
FILMS IN COMPETITON:
 
High School
 
GENE-E by Brandon Ellis, 4:00 -  In the year 3000 on Earth X a new higher dimension being was born Reincarnated by "Mother Earth" to elevate humanity and make the world a better place. 
 
HONEST by Peyton Finch, 3:07 - This film explores the internal and external realities of the self.
 
MACKEY & GIBBS by Crawford Lemoine, 6:06 - Detective team Mackey and Gibbs find it their mission to bring the notorious "Riddle Killer" to justice. Only one thing stands in their way: a personal problem. 
 
DEADLINES by Charles Watkins, 4:30 - A distracted teenager must write an essay the day before it's due. 
 
 
College
 
BLACK MEN DON’T CRY by Benjamin Butler, 10:03  -  Black men don't cry. But why? Black Men Don't Cry unravels the systematic and social standards of hyper masculinity in the black community through the eyes of three young black men, discussing issues ranging from apathy to growing up in a fatherless home. 
 
PARTY ON by Nick Manning, 12:17 - Best friends Henry and Allison must deal with the changes that Henry's new relationship causes to their friendship on the night of their annual Halloween celebration.
 
STAY WOKE by Langston Williams, 25:00 -  On the eve of an election, the lives of a politician trying to reconnect with the people he once represented, two African American youth frustrated by a recent police killing, and a police officer who desires to do the right thing will all collide.
 
The competition is sponsored by the Pontchartrain Film Festival, a project of the nonprofit Olde Towne Arts Center’s Digital Arts program,
and hosted by the City of Mandeville. 
 
For information, email info@PontchartrainFilmFestival.com.

 

 


 

2018 STUDENT SHORT FILM SHOWCASE

Call for Entry

The annual Pontchartrain Film Festival Student Short Film Showcase competition for Louisiana college and high school students moves this year to the Spring of 2018.

Submissions will be accepted through May 16 via FilmFreeway at https://filmfreeway.com/PontchartrainFilmFestival-350581.

 

Films must made in Louisiana or by Louisiana residents. Entries must be 30 minutes or less, and 15 minutes and under are recommended. A $100 cash award will be given for Best College Film and Best High School Film.

 

The public is invited to see the films in competition at the Student Short Film Showcase on June 9 at the Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St. Viewers can vote for their favorite film in the annual Audience Awards competition in each category.

 

The next regular submission deadline is April 15.

Questions? Emaill info@pontchartrainfilmfestival.com

 

 


 

2017 Films in Competition

STUDENT SHORT FILM SHOWCASE

Saturday, Nov. 4 2 p.m. $5 admission for full day of screenings

Ballots will be given out at 2 p.m. and collected at the end of the showcase. Q+A with filmmakers in attendance.

View finalists in the high school and college competition and cast your vote for the Audience Favorite Award! 

 

     High School films in competition

 

LEFT BEHIND by Matilda Plaza 7:32

A young man wakes and searches for his family.  

 

ALONE WITH ME, IN HARMONY by Zoe Carter. 2:42

This film portrays the life an introverted teenager who feels comfort in loneliness.

 

STREET FREAK by Crawford Lemoine. 8:04 

Magician Harry Copperplate receives bad news in the middle of his magic show. His miserable life ensues.

 

     College films in competition

 

IN FINE PRINT by Dustin Foret (UNO, 6:34) 

New Orleans artist John Fitzgerald, uses old school machines and techniques to make pressing prints.

 

EXPEDITION SAFFRON by John McCoy (LSU 10:03) 

An archeologist who sought magic his whole life, comes across a map to a mysterious island.

 

INTO THE GREEN by Mary McDade Casteel (UNO, 14:02) 

A high school principal is a queen in her kingdom of concrete walls and vinyl floors, until a teacher is missing.

 

MS. HERRINGTON by Patrick Sanderson (Loyola, 12:00)

A 16 year old outcast, is a good kid who is very interested in the opposite sex, but not in the way that most other boys are.

 

 


PFF6 showcase

 


2017 Call for Entry: PFF Student Short Film Showcase

Student Short Film Competition opens for the 6th Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival 

Mandeville, LA - Louisiana college and high school students can enter their shorts films, 15 minutes or less, in the 6th annual Pontchartrain Film Festival’s Student Short Film Showcase competition. The festival will present awards for best high school film, best college film, and an audience award in the high school and college categories. 

Finalists in the competition will have their film screened at the 6th Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at the Mandeville Trailhead Depot, 675 Lafitte St. 

Dane Bachman of Mandeville won Best High School Film at the 5th Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival for his film “Momentary Gold.” Peyton Finch of Slidell won the Audience Choice Award for her short film “Reliance.” Both attend the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts Media Arts program. 

Trenton Mynatt of New Orleans won Best College Film for “Splitting Maul” and Joey Laura’s “Rachel's Madcap Theater” won the Audience Choice Award. Both students created their films while earning their Masters from the University of New Orleans Film Department. 

Narrative, animated, experimental and documentary films are eligible for entry. Films must have been completed since 2015. Early bird deadline to enter this year’s festival is July 1 and entries can be made through Oct. 1. Filmmakers will be notified if their works will be screened for competition by Oct. 15. 

Entries must be made online through Film Freeway at filmfreeway.com/festival/PontchartrainFilmFestival-350581. 

By bringing high quality films, filmmakers, artists, exhibitions and workshops, the Pontchartrain Film Festival has become a premier cultural arts event on the north shore. For information, email PFF Assistant Director Caterina Picone at caterinapicone.pff@gmail.com or visit www.pontchartrainfilmfestival.com. 

 

 


2016

ANNOUNCING: Student Short Film Showcase films in competition

Audience Favorite ballots will be handed out at 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 5 at the Mandeville Trailhead and collected after the final screening.

Winners will be announced following the Louisiana Short Film segment that begins at 4 p.m.

High School students in competition: 

STATIC by Crawford Lemoine 2:10

This short film explores aspects of paranoia and how it can affect those who have it.         

 

RELIANCE by Peyton Finch 1:28 

This film is inspired by the European Black Death period. The overall theme is how humans rely on other humans to survive. 

 

MOMENTARY GOLD by Dane Bachman 6:43

An aging teenager must decide between keeping his childhood toys or throwing them away.

 

College students in competition: 

 

FEED MY PEOPLE by Nicholas Vessell, (Delgado, 7:38)

A group of friends go out to feed the homeless of New Orleans every Saturday.

 

SPLITTING MAUL by Trenton Mynatt (UNO, 13:00)     

When a group of outlaws arrive at his doorstep, Red is left to confront family history and make a choice to be the hero to his son or to be a craven. 

 

A MIND LIKE THIS by Marco Colosimo (Loyola, 2:49)

A closer look at creativity and Attention Deficit Disorder.

 

HERITAGE by Langston Williams (UNO, 10:58)   

After 13 years of incarceration, a father wants to reconnect with his son until a robbery at a convenience store may deprive him of the opportunity.

 

A SWARM COME APRIL by Mary McDade Casteel (UNO, 11:57)

A small religious community prepares for a series of insect swarms that terrorize them every spring.

 

RELEASING EURYDICE by Tracy Norwood  (UNO, 11:08)

A sultry singer becomes caught in the depths of the music business’s underworld.

 

RACHEL’S MADCAP THEATER by Joey Laura (UNO, 11:58) 

An eccentric puppeteer’s obnoxious boyfriend crosses the line, and her family of puppets plan a comical mutiny.     

 


 

 

 

 

The 5th Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival call for entry announced for the Student Short Film Showcase

 

Mandeville, LA - Students in Louisiana high schools and college can enter their shorts films, 15 minutes or less, into the 5th annual Pontchartrain Film Festival’s Student Short Film Showcase.

 

Early bird deadline is July 1 and entries can be made through Sept. 19. Filmmakers will be notified if their works will be screened for competition by Oct. 10, 2016.

 

In addition to short narrative, animation and documentary films, this year’s festival will accept entries in the category of Music Video/New Media/Experimental. Entries can be made online through FilmFreeway at filmfreeway.com/festival/PontchartrainFilmFestival-350581.

 

The 5th annual Pontchartrain Film Festival will be hosted Nov. 4-5 by the City of Mandeville’s Department of Cultural Development at the Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St. in Mandeville, Louisiana.

 

Last year’s festival screened 28 films, most represented by filmmakers and crew members at the festival. A filmmaker’s forum allowed audiences to engage with these award-winning and emerging Louisiana filmmakers.

 

The Pontchartrain Film Festival celebrates the variety of communities and culture that make the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain one of the unique areas of the New Orleans and Gulf coast region. By bringing high quality films, filmmakers, artists, exhibitions and workshops, the Pontchartrain Film Festival has become a premier cultural arts event on the north shore.

 

For information, email PFF5 Assistant Director Caterina Picone at caterinapicone.pff@gmail.com or visit www.pontchartrainfilmfestival.com.

ANNOUNCING 

The 2018 Student Short Film Showcase

 

Pontchartrain Film Festival Student Short Film Showcase

4 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at the Mandeville Trailhead

675 Lafitte St., Mandeville, Louisiana. 

Admission is free

 

Films in competition include:

 

High School 

 

"Mackey & Gibbs" by Crawford Lemoine - Detective team Mackey and Gibbs find it their mission to bring the notorious "Riddle Killer" to justice. Only one thing stands in their way: a personal problem. 6:06

 

"Deadlines" by Charles Watkins - A distracted teenager must write an essay the day before it's due. 4:30 

 

"Gene-E" by Brandon Ellis -  In the year 3000 on Earth X a new higher dimension being was born Reincarnated by "Mother Earth" to elevate humanity and make the world a better place. 4:00

 

 

 

College

 

"Party On" by Nick Manning.  12:17

 

"Black Men Don’t Cry" by Benjamin Butler  -  Black men don't cry. But why? Black Men Don't Cry unravels the systematic and social standards of hyper masculinity in the black community through the eyes of three young black men, discussing issues ranging from apathy to growing up in a fatherless home. 10:03

 

"Stay Woke" by Langston Williams -  On the eve of an election, the lives of a politician trying to reconnect with the people he once represented, two African American youth frustrated by a recent police killing, and a police officer who desires to do the right thing will all collide.

 

The public is invited to vote for their favorite in the annual Audience Award competition. Ballots are given out at 4 p.m. and votes are collected from those who view all the films. There will be a cash award of $100 each for the jury selection of Best College Film and Best High School Film.  

 

A question and answer session with the filmmakers in attendance will follow the screening. Winners will be announced following the Q&A. 

 

The competition is sponsored by the Pontchartrain Film Festival, a project of the nonprofit Olde Towne Arts Center’s Digital Arts program,  and hosted by the City of Mandeville. 

 

For information, email info@PontchartrainFilmFestival.com.

 

 


2018 STUDENT SHORT FILM SHOWCASE

Call for Entry

The annual Pontchartrain Film Festival Student Short Film Showcase competition for Louisiana college and high school students moves this year to the Spring of 2018.

Submissions will be accepted through May 16 via FilmFreeway at https://filmfreeway.com/PontchartrainFilmFestival-350581.

 

Films must made in Louisiana or by Louisiana residents. Entries must be 30 minutes or less, and 15 minutes and under are recommended. A $100 cash award will be given for Best College Film and Best High School Film.

 

The public is invited to see the films in competition at the Student Short Film Showcase on June 9 at the Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St. Viewers can vote for their favorite film in the annual Audience Awards competition in each category.

 

The next regular submission deadline is April 15.

Questions? Emaill info@pontchartrainfilmfestival.com

 

 


 

2017 Films in Competition

STUDENT SHORT FILM SHOWCASE

Saturday, Nov. 4 2 p.m. $5 admission for full day of screenings

Ballots will be given out at 2 p.m. and collected at the end of the showcase. Q+A with filmmakers in attendance.

View finalists in the high school and college competition and cast your vote for the Audience Favorite Award! 

 

     High School films in competition

 

LEFT BEHIND by Matilda Plaza 7:32

A young man wakes and searches for his family.  

 

ALONE WITH ME, IN HARMONY by Zoe Carter. 2:42

This film portrays the life an introverted teenager who feels comfort in loneliness.

 

STREET FREAK by Crawford Lemoine. 8:04 

Magician Harry Copperplate receives bad news in the middle of his magic show. His miserable life ensues.

 

     College films in competition

 

IN FINE PRINT by Dustin Foret (UNO, 6:34) 

New Orleans artist John Fitzgerald, uses old school machines and techniques to make pressing prints.

 

EXPEDITION SAFFRON by John McCoy (LSU 10:03) 

An archeologist who sought magic his whole life, comes across a map to a mysterious island.

 

INTO THE GREEN by Mary McDade Casteel (UNO, 14:02) 

A high school principal is a queen in her kingdom of concrete walls and vinyl floors, until a teacher is missing.

 

MS. HERRINGTON by Patrick Sanderson (Loyola, 12:00)

A 16 year old outcast, is a good kid who is very interested in the opposite sex, but not in the way that most other boys are.

 

 


PFF6 showcase

 


2017 Call for Entry: PFF Student Short Film Showcase

Student Short Film Competition opens for the 6th Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival 

Mandeville, LA - Louisiana college and high school students can enter their shorts films, 15 minutes or less, in the 6th annual Pontchartrain Film Festival’s Student Short Film Showcase competition. The festival will present awards for best high school film, best college film, and an audience award in the high school and college categories. 

Finalists in the competition will have their film screened at the 6th Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at the Mandeville Trailhead Depot, 675 Lafitte St. 

Dane Bachman of Mandeville won Best High School Film at the 5th Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival for his film “Momentary Gold.” Peyton Finch of Slidell won the Audience Choice Award for her short film “Reliance.” Both attend the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts Media Arts program. 

Trenton Mynatt of New Orleans won Best College Film for “Splitting Maul” and Joey Laura’s “Rachel's Madcap Theater” won the Audience Choice Award. Both students created their films while earning their Masters from the University of New Orleans Film Department. 

Narrative, animated, experimental and documentary films are eligible for entry. Films must have been completed since 2015. Early bird deadline to enter this year’s festival is July 1 and entries can be made through Oct. 1. Filmmakers will be notified if their works will be screened for competition by Oct. 15. 

Entries must be made online through Film Freeway at filmfreeway.com/festival/PontchartrainFilmFestival-350581. 

By bringing high quality films, filmmakers, artists, exhibitions and workshops, the Pontchartrain Film Festival has become a premier cultural arts event on the north shore. For information, email PFF Assistant Director Caterina Picone at caterinapicone.pff@gmail.com or visit www.pontchartrainfilmfestival.com. 

 

 


2016

ANNOUNCING: Student Short Film Showcase films in competition

Audience Favorite ballots will be handed out at 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 5 at the Mandeville Trailhead and collected after the final screening.

Winners will be announced following the Louisiana Short Film segment that begins at 4 p.m.

High School students in competition: 

STATIC by Crawford Lemoine 2:10

This short film explores aspects of paranoia and how it can affect those who have it.         

 

RELIANCE by Peyton Finch 1:28 

This film is inspired by the European Black Death period. The overall theme is how humans rely on other humans to survive. 

 

MOMENTARY GOLD by Dane Bachman 6:43

An aging teenager must decide between keeping his childhood toys or throwing them away.

 

College students in competition: 

 

FEED MY PEOPLE by Nicholas Vessell, (Delgado, 7:38)

A group of friends go out to feed the homeless of New Orleans every Saturday.

 

SPLITTING MAUL by Trenton Mynatt (UNO, 13:00)     

When a group of outlaws arrive at his doorstep, Red is left to confront family history and make a choice to be the hero to his son or to be a craven. 

 

A MIND LIKE THIS by Marco Colosimo (Loyola, 2:49)

A closer look at creativity and Attention Deficit Disorder.

 

HERITAGE by Langston Williams (UNO, 10:58)   

After 13 years of incarceration, a father wants to reconnect with his son until a robbery at a convenience store may deprive him of the opportunity.

 

A SWARM COME APRIL by Mary McDade Casteel (UNO, 11:57)

A small religious community prepares for a series of insect swarms that terrorize them every spring.

 

RELEASING EURYDICE by Tracy Norwood  (UNO, 11:08)

A sultry singer becomes caught in the depths of the music business’s underworld.

 

RACHEL’S MADCAP THEATER by Joey Laura (UNO, 11:58) 

An eccentric puppeteer’s obnoxious boyfriend crosses the line, and her family of puppets plan a comical mutiny.     

 


 

 

 

 

The 5th Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival call for entry announced for the Student Short Film Showcase

 

Mandeville, LA - Students in Louisiana high schools and college can enter their shorts films, 15 minutes or less, into the 5th annual Pontchartrain Film Festival’s Student Short Film Showcase.

 

Early bird deadline is July 1 and entries can be made through Sept. 19. Filmmakers will be notified if their works will be screened for competition by Oct. 10, 2016.

 

In addition to short narrative, animation and documentary films, this year’s festival will accept entries in the category of Music Video/New Media/Experimental. Entries can be made online through FilmFreeway at filmfreeway.com/festival/PontchartrainFilmFestival-350581.

 

The 5th annual Pontchartrain Film Festival will be hosted Nov. 4-5 by the City of Mandeville’s Department of Cultural Development at the Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St. in Mandeville, Louisiana.

 

Last year’s festival screened 28 films, most represented by filmmakers and crew members at the festival. A filmmaker’s forum allowed audiences to engage with these award-winning and emerging Louisiana filmmakers.

 

The Pontchartrain Film Festival celebrates the variety of communities and culture that make the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain one of the unique areas of the New Orleans and Gulf coast region. By bringing high quality films, filmmakers, artists, exhibitions and workshops, the Pontchartrain Film Festival has become a premier cultural arts event on the north shore.

 

For information, email PFF5 Assistant Director Caterina Picone at caterinapicone.pff@gmail.com or visit www.pontchartrainfilmfestival.com.