Congratulations to our 2022 Award Winners!!

Top Awards

AWARD FILM TITLE STUDENTS SCHOOL
Best of Show Choice Armen Taheri University School
Best Cinematography Lost Voyager

Gavin Lloyd, Mark Mink, Seth Estes, Ethan Cameron

Franklin High School
Best Screenplay Bicycle Daniel Chang, Ruby Fuller, Hannah Hafner, Liam O’Farrell, Jacob Schindler Infinity Arts Academy
Most Inspirational Away Yet Awake-An Immigrant Experience Joyeuse Muhorakeye, Enoch Sadiki, Owen Cummings, Sydney Robinson, Trey Small, Lynae Spruance, Max Matarazzo, Lilian Chesak-

Fourthwall Youth Studios

 

 Alternative

AWARD FILM TITLE STUDENTS SCHOOL
Golden Lion Away Yet Awake-An Immigrant Experience Joyeuse Muhorakeye, Enoch Sadiki, Owen Cummings, Sydney Robinson, Trey Small, Lynae Spruance, Max Matarazzo, Lilian Chesak- Fourthwall Youth Studios
White Lion 16, Define Me Justin Cho UNC School of the Arts – High School
Mountain Lion Entropy Morgan Scasny Middletown HS South
Finalist I don’t have an idea Gunnar Main Hempfield School District
Finalist EXPEDITION Milo Smith Downriver Detroit Student Film Consortium
Finalist Letters of Mass Destruction Megan Tan, Emily Yang Academy of Cinematic Arts

Animation

AWARD FILM TITLE STUDENTS SCHOOL
Golden Lion A Stellar Vacation! Noah Shin Cumberland Valley 9th Grade Academy
White Lion Deaths Door Hayden Melvin Ryle high school
Mountain Lion Friends Noah Shin Cumberland Valley 9th Grade Academy
Finalist Fall Aiden Hart Kings High School

 Comedy

AWARD FILM TITLE STUDENTS SCHOOL
Golden Lion Christmas in July Andrew Foley, Jackson Hacias, Tony Mershon, Alex Mantle, Stefan Nistor Mariemont High School
White Lion Colors of an Unknown Origin Benny Farbstein, Owen Riley, Jack Riley, Riley Morris, Daniel Ball, Ethan Nyhuis, Quinn Riley William Mason High School
Mountain Lion Dr. Shane Nation Matthew Stone Downriver Detroit Student Film Consortium
Finalist Ohio Spider Man Joe and Jake Dougherty

St. Xavier High School

Finalist A VLOG to Remember Myesha Weatherly Alan B. Shepard High School
Finalist Dr. D’s Deodorant Kyle White, Alex Dillon St. Xavier High School

Commercials

AWARD FILM TITLE STUDENTS SCHOOL
Golden Lion School of Rock Park Ridge Nicole Scimeca Maine South High School
White Lion Hands2Hope Joel Berg, Amar Bedi, Hayden Melvin, Maxon Owens, Nolan Miller Academy of Cinematic Arts
Mountain Lion Kodiak Cakes Commercial Julia Miller Glenbrook South
Finalist Academy of Cinematic Arts Joel Berg, Amar Bedi, Hayden Melvin, Maxon Owens, Nolan Miller- Academy of Cinematic Arts

Informational/Educational

AWARD FILM TITLE STUDENTS SCHOOL
Golden Lion ACA 30 Second Spot Amar Bedi and Jacob Yoby Academy of Cinematic Arts
White Lion Imperial Theater Mohawk Arts District Sydney Robinson, Trey Small, Lilian Chesak, Lynae Spruance, D’arion McCullough, Owen Cummings Fourthwall Youth Studios
Mountain Lion A Camper’s Perspective Jacob Yoby, Hayden Melvin, Amar Bedi, Joel Berg, Nolan Miller, Maxon Owens Academy of Cinematic Arts
Finalist ACA Promo 2021 Joel Berg, Amar Bedi, Hayden Melvin, Maxon Owens, Nolan Miller Academy of Cinematic Arts

Long Documentary

AWARD FILM TITLE STUDENTS SCHOOL
Golden Lion Your Love Will Be Our Light Braedon Ryle Randall K. Cooper High School
White Lion Bird Lady Carter Rostron Pembroke Hill School
Mountain Lion Traverse City’s NOT SO Haunted Past. How Public Perception Unfairly Portrayed an Asylum in Michigan. Kathryn Clark Traverse City West Middle School
Finalist A Dragon Rises From A Small Stream: A History of Film in South Korea William Reed Alpharetta High School
Finalist Sustained Kathryn Fatzynytz Alpharetta High School
Finalist Alex’s Saints Foundation Brianna Johnson Troy Athens HS
 

Long Narrative

AWARD FILM TITLE STUDENTS SCHOOL
Golden Lion Hell or High Water Hannah Hafner, Erol Ibrahimovic, Ava Martin, Joanna Sodke, Sara Sodke Infinity Arts Academy
White Lion TRANSASTER Dana Pellebon Monona Grove HS / Children’s Film Academy of Madison
Mountain Lion Bicycle Daniel Chang, Ruby Fuller, Hannah Hafner, Liam O’Farrell, Jacob Schindler Infinity Arts Academy

Middle School

AWARD FILM TITLE STUDENTS SCHOOL
Golden Lion In the Open Adriana Elbakjana Ascend Leadership Academy
White Lion Yee Haw Academy of Cinematic Arts Academy of Cinematic Arts
Mountain Lion The Power of Play Academy of Cinematic Arts Academy of Cinematic Arts

Music Video

AWARD FILM TITLE STUDENTS SCHOOL
Golden Lion Major Tom Kya Garner-Minnick Downriver Detroit Student Film Consortium

News Story

AWARD FILM TITLE STUDENTS SCHOOL
Golden Lion Lancaster Hot Air Balloon Festival Maguire Younes Hempfield High School
White Lion March-A-Thon Vince Wisotzkey Hempfield High School
Mountain Lion Extra Give Maguire Younes Hempfield High School
Finalist Animal Rescues Abby Gingrich Hempfield High School
Finalist Penn Dot Maguire Younes Hempfield High School
Finalist Heart Surgery Story: Dexter Cardinal News Media Madison Hedgecock Dexter HS

Public Service Announcement

AWARD FILM TITLE STUDENTS SCHOOL
Golden Lion Distracted Erik Schmidt, Garrett Merbach Troy Athens High School
White Lion Ruse Burglary Eden Wening, Jake Ottolino Maine South High School
Mountain Lion Don’t Turn Your Life into a Horror Movie Ella Musto, Charlotte Richardson Troy Athens High School
Finalist You Can’t Undo Life Christian Sladovich Novi High School
Finalist Things Happen Fast Brianna Johnson Troy Athens High School
Finalist Mask Up. Jackson LaCroix Randall K. Cooper High School

Short Documentary

AWARD FILM TITLE STUDENTS SCHOOL
Golden Lion Freedom Jackson Pennington Kings High School
White Lion Code Red: The Clean Air Act’s Battle Against Climate Change Shannon Germaine Clonlara School
Mountain Lion We Are Troy United Brianna Johnson Troy Athens High School
Finalist Better Days Drew Bloomfield Kings Local School District

Short Narrative

AWARD FILM TITLE STUDENTS SCHOOL
Golden Lion Choice Armen Taheri

University School

White Lion Shovel Man Jack Raese

New Trier HS

Mountain Lion After Hours Anish Naren South Forsyth High School
Finalist Suzie’s Adventure Aubrie McDonald Romeo High School
Finalist Lost Voyager Gavin Lloyd, Mark Mink, Seth Estes, Ethan Cameron Franklin High School
Finalist How to Become a Writer Joedy Burnside Kings High School

Trailers

AWARD FILM TITLE STUDENTS SCHOOL
Golden Lion The Girls Present the Bargain Academy of Cinematic Arts Academy of Cinematic Arts