Home is where the film is

By Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporter

Highline's first film festival in more than 10 years brings home four short films created by students. 

The festival takes place on Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. in Building 7, featuring student films that all used the theme of "home." 

These films are the work of the top four contestants from the Highline Film Festival competition this last October. Their challenge was to not only center the films on a "home" theme in seven minutes or less, but also to include an art piece, landmark, or location from campus. 

Multimedia professor and contest judge Sean Puno said "It was a challenge trying to make a simple idea of 'home' into a compelling story, some touched on it, but these select few could really drive a story around it." 

It was interesting to see the varying styles such as suspenseful, heartfelt and animated, he said.

First place winner was Highline student Kelsey Par. Her short film The Home Within won her this spot, as well as the first-place prize of $250.

"I'd say my favorite part of creating this film has been the reaction. I've never made a film before and to see the support from all my friends and family has been great. It makes me happy to know that people felt they could connect with my film," said Par.

In second place was Nina Releford, a multimedia student. She achieved this place with her short, Holiday Video. 

"I was just thinking what to do to make the school feel like home, at home you're safe and feel happy, people love that you're there. I wanted to bring that feeling to Highline," said Releford.

Alumni Highline students Lisa Lopez and Samantha Mortes de Oca will have a short featured at the film festival. They received third place for their short film, Home Is Where the Heart Is.

 "I love telling stories, I've got a lot of them, and really did it for the experience," said Lopez.

Highline student Matthew MacDonald came in fourth place, with his film Second Identity.

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