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COED/CCSD Announces Winners of the Second Annual Cherokee Student Film Festival

April 6, 2020

The Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED), in partnership with the Cherokee County School District’s (CCSD) Audio/Video Technology and Film (AVTF) educators, announced the winners of the Second Annual Cherokee Student Film Festival as part of a virtual screening and awards presentation on YouTube on May 6, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.

To adhere to COVID-19 social distancing measures, qualified entries were uploaded to a newly created Cherokee Student Film Festival YouTube channel. Students were tasked with employing grassroots marketing methods to increase viewership and win votes for the “Audience Choice” award category – an adaptation that would also enable them to link back to projects when applying for future jobs.

“CCSD educators, along with Film Project Manager Molly Mercer, have gone above and beyond to make the Cherokee Student Film Festival a reality through a virtual, online screening—even amidst a global pandemic,” said COED President Misti Martin. “Opportunities like these provide students with the technical and creative skills needed for Georgia’s booming film industry.”

The Cherokee Student Film Festival represents COED’s second collaboration with CCSD AVTF students this year. Held in January, the Cherokee Student Film Summit featured expert guidance from local filmmakers on a variety of topics such as screenwriting, editing, and filming original stories. The Cherokee Student Film Festival was strategically launched one week later, challenging students to apply newly acquired knowledge from the summit.

“The Georgia film industry offers students exciting career opportunities close to home,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower. “The partnership between our dedicated teachers and COED provides students the chance to learn and network with industry professionals at the annual summit and showcase their productions at the film festival.  We look forward to seeing our students’ names on many professional film, TV, and video credits for years to come as a result of this community investment.”

With strict parameters designed to simulate production requirements, 22 groups of students from all six CCSD high schools met criteria for screening. Submissions were judged by Thomas and Ashley Cantley, a Woodstock-based production team and founders of Creative School Atlanta.

Awards were issued based on the judges’ total scores in the following categories:  Best Cinematography, Best Sound Quality, Best Use of Prop, Best Use of Line, and Best of Show.

2020 CHEROKEE STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS

Best of Show 
Unknown User
Produced by Devontay Sanders & Ashton Gulledge, Cherokee High School 

Runner up Best of Show 
Within           
Produced by Jadon Deaton & Brighton St. Vrain, Creekview High School

Third Place 
Glowing Back in Time
Produced by Ellie Phelps, Carter Speaks & Wes Watson, Cherokee High School

Audience Choice Awards for a Qualifying Entry  
Within           
Produced by Jadon eaton & Brighton St. Vrain, Creekview High School

Audience Choice Award for a Participating Entry 
The Huddlesworth Chronicles
Produced by Jack Scott, Jack Puckett, Ben Gilbert & Charlie Mohar, Etowah High School

Best Cinematography 
Unknown User
Produced by Devontay Sanders & Ashton Gulledge, Cherokee High School

Best Sound Quality 
Spider Stop
Produced by Will Jones, Creekview High School

Best Use of Line 
Within
Produced by Jadon Deaton & Brighton St. Vrain, Creekview High School

Best Use of Prop 
Alternate Glow
Produced by Caroline Carter, Creekview High School

To view Cherokee Student Film Festival entries, click here.