International Competition

International Competition

International High School Competition
Films by high school students from throughout the U.S. and Canada

 Saturday, April 13 -- 7:30 pm 
6:30 pm Red Carpet Dessert Reception
CoHosted by
Rob Pileckis, Prairie Center for the Arts
and Special Guest Cohost Shane Madej, Buzzfeed


Across the Street

Musical, 4 min, 59 sec.

Written and Directed by: Caden H. Hollander, San Diego, CA

A lonely teenage boy goes on a musical adventure retrieving a bag of  stolen Halloween candy

Drama, 9 min. 45 sec.
Written and Directed by: Will Forte, Los Angeles, CA


A teenager becomes obsessed with composing his own classical piano piece after a friend dares him to confront an urban legend.

Lilly Goes Fishing
Animation, 7 min, 52 sec.
Written and Directed by: The Bum Family
Calgary, Canada


Lilly, a giant orange monster, embarks on an adventure at a lakeside fishing camp with her friend Fluffle. Will Lilly discover the mysterious secret that lurks below the surface of the lake?


Nonfiction, 7 min, 10 sec.
Directed by: Ethan Lee
Los Angeles, CA


As seen from the eyes of high school students, NicoTeen gives an unbiased and raw perspective from two high school friends on their experiences vaping.


Parking Lot
Comedy, 4 min. 59 sec.
Written and Directed by: Jack Nordstrom
Los Angeles, CA


After a boring day at school, an awkward student searches for his limited edition Star Trek pen so that he can finish his drawings.

Socks: A Story About Pairs
Animation, 2 min. 10 sec.
Written and Directed by: Callahan Bracken, Toronto, Canada


Learn to feel close in a story about pairs! Seyward and Milo compete for ownership over a mushroom as they attempt to complete their collection of pairs.


Drama, 4 min. 30 sec.
Written and Directed by: Sarah Williams, Calabasas, CA


A home aquarium becomes a somber metaphor for the relationship between a boy and his mother.


A Step
Drama, 6 min., 38 sec.

Directed by: Baggio Jiang and Ray Qian

Written by: Baggio Jiang

Culver, IN


A prose poetry about the love between two girls who were brave enough to take a step forward against the pressure from their environment.


A Story of Regret

Nonfiction, 7 min. 30 sec.
Directed by: Colin Wang, Irvine, CA


A filmmaker explores his roots visiting his grandparents in China and collects life lessons along the way.



Tina's Story
Nonfiction, 9 min. 20 sec.
Directed by: Sophie Zawadzki, Cleveland Heights, OH


Kidnapped from her parents home on Christmas Eve, 14-year-old Tina endures the war and tells her story at age 95, nearly 81 years later, from her hospice bed.


Also on the program... Best in Show from Friday's Local Fest that advanced to the International Competition.

Selected films will be announced at Screen Test Local Fest on Friday, April 12.


All filmmakers will attend to represent their films, either in person or via live internet video call. 

To be awarded:
Best in Show - $500
2nd Place - $250
3rd Place - $100
Achievement in Writing - $100
Highest Production Values - $100
Audience Award - $100


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