The Denver Film Society recently screened four Aurora Public Schools students’ films at their 40th Denver Film Festival! A group of industry professionals carefully selected each film for inclusion in Project NEXT, the films screened during DFF’s High School Day.
Students gathered at the McNichols Building to enjoy 12 short-subject films created by students from across the state. The young filmmakers also engaged in workshops, a panel discussion with directors, equipment demonstrations and more to gain skills for college and career success.
“The Denver Film Society’s vision is to cultivate community and transform lives through film, and there’s no better place to begin than with its young minds,” said DFS Education Director Neil Truglio. “Opening an avenue for students to showcase their vision, while also creating the opportunity for current, working filmmakers to share their knowledge is an obvious win-win. Our goal through Project NEXT is to cultivate the next generation of filmmakers, festival audiences and cinema lovers right here in Denver.”
The evening concluded with a ceremony honoring two award winners for “Best Film” and “Viewer’s Choice.”
We are proud to announce that Rangeview High School sophomore and advanced journalism student Irl Paulalengan's short film "Dear People" won the Viewer's Choice Award! Paulalengan, who emigrated with her family from Indonesia to the U.S. just 10 months ago, summarizes the film as the letter every person in the world needs to read.