2019 Winners and Finalists

Special Recognition Awards

Awards Film Title Creator(s) School
Best of Show Midwest Robbie Gonyea, Lucas Coniaris Bloomington South High School
Best Cinematography Focus In Nick Mammone, Caleb Long, Mason Bowers, Zach Leder, Grant Hollinger, Ryan Eatherton, Kyle Miller Hilliard Darby High School
Best Screenplay Midwest Robbie Gonyea, Lucas Coniaris Bloomington South High School
Most Inspirational Live for Today Jacob Young Franklin High School

 

Alternative Category

Award Film Title Students School
Golden Lion How to Make a Movie Gabe Schmidt Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
White Lion Patient 8 Rachel Michelman, Molly Smith National High School Institute
Mountain Lion Jimmy + Emily Wedding Video Grant Toney Homeschool
Finalist Imagine Liam Mohajeri Norris Homeschool
Finalist Nothing Gold Can Stay Tyler Harding Walled Lake Northern High School
Finalist The Great Lakes Project Rachel Goodman Troy Athens High School

 

Animation Category

Award Film Title Students School
Golden Lion Stargazer Kathryne Garrido Gaston Day School
White Lion Heroic  Gabe Schmidt Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
Mountain Lion The Journey of Ase Jordan Cornelisen Kings High School
Finalist The Chase Uma Shenai The Seven Hills School
Finalist Unfolded Lauren Matthews Homewood-Flossmoor High School
Finalist Bombs Away Sam Richardson Loveland High School

 

Comedy Category

Award Film Title Students School
Golden Lion The Newly Dead Game Aaron Gallegos Glenbrook South High School
White Lion Soundtrack Syndrome Amy Bushman, Rachel Michelman, Jake Groom, Suzie Spooner, Charles Clark and Annika Alper The Seven Hills School
Mountain Lion The Game of Life Laine Immell Ursuline Academy
Finalist Suburban Wilderness Jared Goudsmit Kirkwood High School
Finalist If It Ain’t Broke Dan Tinaglia, Marie Nomandin, Aly Trunzo, Gavin White, Brennan Keeley, Bianca Franco, Ellie Compton Maine South High School
Finalist Bias Jacob Goldberg & Devin Gorton Homewood-Flossmoor High School

 

Commercial Category

Award Film Title Students School
Golden Lion Ichor Entertainment Grant Toney Homeschool
White Lion St. Xavier High School Admissions Promo Carter Nolan St. Xavier High School
Mountain Lion Chris Kaeppner, Ph.D. Andrew Kaeppner, Adam Scalf, Ben Blavat Anderson High School
Finalist Thacker Anni Newton, Emilie Maggard Anderson High School
Finalist Jason Saves! Sabrina Badia, Jason Kemp, Jaden Makowski, Penelope Rampazo Troy Athens High School
Finalist Experience Modern Shakespeare Ashley Austereng, Molly Ferencz, Suxin Guo, Cameon Wade Troy Athens High School

 

Informational/Educational Category

Award Film Title Students School
Golden Lion How to Create a Stop-Motion Animation Dan Tinaglia, Lucas Byron Maine South High School
White Lion Joshua’s Place Avneet Dharni, Sarah Giesy, Grace Pansch Kings High School
Mountain Lion Room Decorating Maeve VanEtten & Kelly VanEtten Homewood-Flossmoor High School
Finalist Warrior Run Sydney Robb, Kathleen Hillman, Sean Scott, Mason Weber, Seth Mason Anderson High School
Finalist Intellectual Property Sam Richardson Loveland High School
Finalist How to Make Crepes Elizabeth Compton, Lily Haugen Maine South High School

 

Long Documentary Category

Award Film Title Students School
Golden Lion “A Significant Step Forward”: The Tragedy and Triumph of the Equal Pay Act Kaisal Shah and Madeline Price Shaker Heights High School
White Lion Titan Sports: Revival Brendan Garvey, Natalia Cymbalisty Glenbrook South High School
Mountain Lion Surviving Chicago Jahkeema Kimbrough Homewood-Flossmoor

 

Long Narrative Category

Award Film Title Students School
Golden Lion Midwest Robbie Gonyea, Lucas Coniaris Bloomington South High School
White Lion That’s Life Max Kaplan, Christian Gentry Homeschool
Mountain Lion The Incident At The Pier Abby Bright, Grace Joo Troy Athens High School
Finalist Sentiments Elliot Hatch Whitefish Bay High School
Finalist She Is Us Ariana DeJesus, Lauren Eager, Ava Keller, Abby Minnich, Maddi Olson Hempfield High School
Finalist The Goddaughter Jared Goudsmit Kirkwood High School

 

Middle School Category

Award Film Title Students School
Golden Lion A+ Hayden Melvin, Carson Wulf, Adam Fields, Sam Meyer, Nolan Miller, Maxon Owens, Logan Marshall The Underground Academy of Cinematic Arts Summer Film Camp
White Lion Desperate Measures Ethan Erdman Mason Intermediate School
Mountain Lion Copy Cat Hayden Melvin New Haven / Gray Middle School
Finalist Cooking with Butta Eddie Julious, Moriah Humphrey, Ra’Shyla Phillips, Keonte Taft IT
Finalist Follow Me Kyra Goudsmit Nipher Middle School
Finalist Michael Lee Eli Erb, Michael Lee, Alex Lange Homeschool

 

Music Video Category

Award Film Title Students School
Golden Lion Waitin’ On the Weekend to Come Music Video Claudia Wright, Mason Weber, Hailey Mauk, Jack Reid, Kathy Hillman, Andrew Mckey, Jack Chandler, Ben Thompson Anderson High School
White Lion As Luck Would Have It by Tom Rosenthal Annika Alper The Seven Hills School
Mountain Lion Fake Flowers Emily Munse & Gwen May Homewood-Flossmoor
Finalist Mardi Gras Adam Shoreibah, Caleb Shin, Brandon Solari Glenbrook South High School
Finalist “SHE GOT IT” by Alex Angelo Live Music Video Carter Nolan St. Xavier High School

 

News Story Category

Award Film Title Students School
Golden Lion Viking Racing Zac Lueder, Luke Venegas, Kenneth Powell Homewood-Flossmoor High School
White Lion Safety Day Katie Yoder Hempfield High School
Mountain Lion Speech Team Jaelyn White & Jonathan Kriarakis Homewood-Flossmoor High School
Finalist Indian Hill Elementary School: STEAM iLab Report by Sailor Betts. 11-7-18 Sailor Betts Indian Hill High School
Finalist Maine South Student Takes Classroom Experience to the Real World Toma Stojakovic Maine South High School
Finalist Plane Safety Ava Keller & Abby Minnich Hempfield High School

 

Public Service Announcement Category

Award Film Title Students School
Golden Lion If I Die in a School Shooting… Aaron Gallegos, Natalie Kahan, James Scott Glenbrook South High School
White Lion Errands Brendan Garvey, Zachary Bilimoria Glenbrook South High School
Mountain Lion Cybersecurity Privacy and Safety Sam Richardson Loveland High School
Finalist The Wrong Wheels Jason Kemp, Jaden Makowski, Penelope Rampazo Troy Athens High School
Finalist Put It Down Jacob Goldberg & Ben Hamer Homewood-Flossmoor
Finalist Schreiber Pediatrics Lauren Dague, Dana Greener with Taylor Hess Hempfield High School

 

Short Documentary Category

Award Film Title Students School
Golden Lion No Pain No Gain: Opioids in Ohio Joel Helmick Maumee Valley Country Day School
White Lion Chicago Colors Tyler Neander, Andrew Duvall, Jalen Robinson, Sydney Anderson Batavia High School
Mountain Lion Upstanders Jacob Goldberg Homewood-Flossmoor
Finalist Children of the Holocaust Aaron Gallegos, Alison Krolopp Glenbrook South High School
Finalist From Terror Town to Nike Town Jalen Robinson Homewood-Flossmoor
Finalist This is How It Ends Sarah Mahaney, Austin Bally, Arianna Mauk, Jackson Reid Anderson High School

 

Short Narrative Category

Award Film Title Students School
Golden Lion Darkness in a Lightroom Sean Birkle, Felix Bangert, Gabriel LeCount LaSalle High School
White Lion Focus In Nick Mammone, Caleb Long, Mason Bowers, Zach Leder, Grant Hollinger, Ryan Eatherton, Kyle Miller Hilliard Darby High School
Mountain Lion This Broken Mind Claire Beseler Loveland High School
Finalist When Doves Fall Kenneth Powell & Luke Venegas Homewood-Flossmoor
Finalist So I’m All. Christopher Putlock Father Gabriel Richard High School
Finalist A Simple Moment Trevor Cebulskie, Gabe Schmidt, Malcolm Vanderwoude, Jack Bolander Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

 

Trailers Category

Award Film Title Students School
Golden Lion Fall Sports Recap Jacob Brase William Mason High School
White Lion ESPY’s Intro Jacob Brase William Mason High School
Mountain Lion Official CometTv Trailer 2018 Jacob Brase William Mason High School
Finalist Beat the Boro Tyler Hopton and Callum Norrie William Mason High School
Finalist Chase Your Passion Cameon Wade Troy Athens High School
Finalist The Incident At The Pier | Trailer Abby Bright, Grace Joo, Zachary Sinutko Troy Athens High School