Best of the fest: Students advance in UIL film competition


Photo courtesy of the University Interscholastic League website

The curtains are drawn, the lights go out and the 2018 UIL Young Filmmakers Festival commences at the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Austin on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. People in attendance included Media Technology teacher Mr. Roger Soden and a group of Ann Richards Media Technology students along with hundreds of other advisors and students from across Texas.

Juniors Sammie Seamon and Isabella Baladez along with senior Willow Dalehite were all finalists in the Division II Traditional (hand-drawn) Animation category. Juniors Jacky Ortega, Emi Garza, and Elly Gonzales were nominated to receive the Nobelity Social Impact Award, which recognizes films that promote social change and address social issues. This is the first year for the Social Impact Award to be presented at the UIL festival, and it is presented by the Nobelity Project and the Paramount Theatre.

Dalehite won first place in her division for her animation, titled “Sunflowers”. All of the finalist films for this year can be watched below. For all state finalist films, past and present, visit the ARS Film Vimeo page.

Sunflowers – UIL State Champion 2018

When it Rains – 2018 UIL State Finalist 

Para Mi – 2018 UIL State Finalist for Nobelity Award