2017 Film Entries

Thank you for making the 2017 Golden Lion Film Festival a Success! One hundred and eighty-one films were accepted into the 2017 festival. The winners of the following four specialty awards received a scholarships to Watkins College of Art, Design and Film in Nashville, Tennessee.

Best of Show — Torn, Cole Marvin and Peyton Krell (Mason High School)
Best Cinematography — Pont de Mort, Max Kaplan, Christian Gentry, (Ohio Connections Academy)
Best Screenplay — Seasonally Challenged, Henry Czerwonka
Most Inspirational — Razzle Dazzle, Drew Poschner (St. Edward High School)

Specialty Awards

Maria Alvarez

At the conclusion of the festival, judges vote on the special recognition awards — Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, Most Inspirational, Critics’ Choice.

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alternative Winners 2

The Alternative Film category is for films that do not conform to any of the other categories. The goal is to have fun, be creative, and entertain.

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Animation Winners 2

The Animation category is a specialty category for those students who excel in computer graphics, computer animation, and Flash, or who have the patience for stop-frame animation. The animations must tell a story.

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Comedy Winners 2

The Comedy category is for any film that you find humorous. Submissions such as popular “YouTube” video spoofs are accepted.

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Commercial Winners 2

The Commercial category is for advertisement or promotional videos that were created this year. Subjects of the commercials may range from a school-related activity to a commercial product.

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Documentary Winners 2

The Documentary film category is for films that take an in-depth, non-fiction, look at an event, person, place, or thing.

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Informational / Educational

Info-Educ Winners 2

The Informational/Educational category is for videos that teach or demonstrate (i.e. “how to” videos). Corporate videos also fall into this category.

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Junior High Division

Junior High Winners 2

The Junior High Division  recognizes 7th and 8th graders’ achievements in all 10 film categories, including narrative film, music video, documentary, animation, etc.

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Music Video

Music Video Winners 2

The Music Video category is for original songs. Beginning in 2017, NO COPYRIGHTED music will be accepted into the festival. Original songs created for high school bands must have the permission of the band before using its song.

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Narrative Film

Narrative Film Winners 2

A narrative film must tell a story—think beginning, middle, end, climax, and dénouement. A good film starts with a good script.

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News Story Winners 2

The Newscast category is for solid, broadcast journalism. The winner will be the story that most effectively communicates the “who, what, where, when, why, and how” of your chosen topic, which can include school sports.

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PSA Winners 2

The Public Service Announcement category is for films that advertise for either a cause or charity.

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