Williston Film Festival

The annual Williston Northampton School Film Festival showcases the work of student filmmakers from Williston and high schools across New England. If you’re film-school-bound, you’ll find classes that deliver a solid foundation of film technique and history—and supportive environment so you can try out your ideas and run with what works.


WNS Film Fest 12 Winners

  • Best Picture: Figment – Isabella Stewart – Sacred Heart
  • Best Editing: Unfortunate Tale of a School Girl – Brian Bowman /Madison Hackett – Milton Academy
  • Best Screenplay: Just Relax – Lorraine Rinaldi/ Roxanne Kassapidis – Scared Heart
  • Best Documentary: The Gatekeeper – Daniella Tocco – Sacred Heart
  • Most Creative: Special Day – Elisa Taylor – Sacred Heart
  • Best Music Video: Snowman – Kira Bixby – Williston Northampton
  • Best PSA: Deadzone – Sophia Georgas – Sacred Heart
  • Best Cinematography: Yo-Yo – Scarlett Wang – Miss Hall’s
  • Best Williston Film: Coffin – Kira Bixby – Williston Northampton
  • Audience Choice: Isolation – Minh Le – Williston Northampton

Williston Film Festival Information

  • Festival Date and Location

    The 12th Annual Williston Film Festival will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019, in the Lower Level of the Reed Campus Center at the Williston Northampton School, 40 Park Street, Easthampton, MA.

  • Rules for Submission

    Download the following documents to enter:

    Guidelines for Submission

    2019 Film Festival Submission Form

  • Previous Winners

    Williston Film Festival 11 Winners (2018)

    • Best Picture: For Sale, DJ Charles, Concord Academy
    • Best Editing: The Book, Quinn Hank, Concord Acaademy
    • Best Screenplay: Bullet, Kira Bixby, Williston Northampton
    • Best Documentary: How Are the Boys Going to Learn Algebra? Erin Hanlon,Governor’s Academy
    • Most Creative: Gone, Xin Wang, Miss Hall’s School
    • Best Music Video: Jared, Mason Chiuli, Northampton High School
    • Best PSA: Mental Health, Minh Le, Williston Northampton
    • Best Cinematography: Catalyst, Charlie Tilney-Volk, Suffield Academy
    • Best Williston Film: Bullet, Kira Bixby

    Williston Film Festival 10 Award Winners (2017)

    • Thirty Films made the final selection for screening from nearly sixty entries. Award winners were selected by judges Alex Hacker ( Olive Productions), Bob Savage (Henchman Productions), and Jared Skolnick (Skolnick Films)
    • Best Picture-Letting Beatrice Go, Elle Rinaldi, Choate
    • Best Documentary-Lucien Avery: Vermont Blacksmith, Matthew Dailey Randy Putvain Jacob Edgerly, Isaiah Gaskell; Green Mountain Technology and Career Center
    • Best Screenplay- Foundations, Owen King Williston Northampton
    • Best Williston Film- Suitcase, Sitai Chen
    • Best Cinematography- Silent Suicide, Isaiah Gaskell Green Mountain Technology and Career Center
    • Best PSA- Save the Reefs, Christina DeConcini Sacred Heart
    • Best Music Video- Wildcard, Sophia Georgas, Sacred Heart
    • Most Creative- Lexi Paulin, Easthampton High School
    • Best Editing- Abstraction, Conor Greene, George Lou, & Joey Leung Milton Academy

    2016 WINNERS

    • Best Motion Picture: Flick, Brianna Zuniga, Walnut Hill School
    • Best Editing: Half Full, Trailer Luke Pinkham, Northampton High School
    • Best Screenplay: Frankpa, Georgina Cahill, Sacred Heart Greenwich
    • Best Documentary: Chasing Sharks, Jessie Swindel, Governor’s Academy
    • Most Creative: Reach for Me (Thisbedottie), Lexi Paulin , Easthampton High School
    • Best Music Video: Lucy Singleton Northampton High School
    • Best PSA: Sexual Assault PSA, Jada Goodrich, Williston Northampton School
    • Best Cinematography: Sketch, Carter Kratkiewicz, Concord Academy
    • Best Williston Film: Toxic, Verdi Degby, Williston Northampton School

    2015 WINNERS

    • Best Motion Picture: “The Frog Whisperer,” Will Harrington, Concord Academy
    • Best Editing: “De Dans en Dehors,” Jacob Bridgman, Northampton High School
    • Best Screenplay: “Bad Habits,” Karen Morey, Walnut Hill School
    • Best Cinematography: “Rembihnutur,” Mikaela Dillon, Walnut Hill School
    • Best Animated Feature: “War is Hell,” Forrester Menson, Northampton High School
    • Best Documentary: “Couture for a Cause,” Helen Luo, Dana Hall School
    • Best Music Video: “Emitime,” Oliver Holblitzelle, Vermont Academy
    • Best PSA: “Bike Helmet Safety,” Risa Tapanes, Williston Northampton
    • Most Creative: “Experimental,” Jen Carellas, Williston Northampton
    • Best Williston Film: “Ford Hall Syfu-r,”John Kay, Williston Northampton

    2014 WINNERS

    • Best Picture: Jackpot, by Jordan Tse, The Hotchkiss School
    • Best Documentary: A to B, The Art of Parkour, by Ben Glass, Concord Academy
    • Best Screenplay: The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Had To Do, by Oliver Demers / Ben Sarat, Williston Northampton
    • Best Editing: Oreos, by Alex Kozikowski, Williston Northampton
    • Best Cinematography: The Dancer, by William Huang, Williston Northampton
    • Best Animation: Snow White, by Mia Abel, Walnut Hill Best
    • Music Video: Music Video, by Mariya Kurguzkina, Walnut Hill
    • Best PSA: Smoking Gun, by Dylan Kenseth, Williston Northampton
    • Most Creative: Apple, by Queenie Zhang, Walnut Hill
    • Honorable Mention: The Leaf Sweeper, by Tom Greto, PVPA

    2013 WINNERS

    • Best Motion Picture: Kaleidoscope, Vivian Xiao, The Hotchkiss School
    • Best Documentary: Indomitable, Brian Ryu, The Hotchkiss School
    • Best Music Video: Tempus, Charles Frank, Williston Northampton
    • Best Animation: Laundry Rider, Tom Greto, PVPA
    • Best Screenplay: The Guilt, Jilly Lim, Williston Northampton Best
    • Cinematography: The Factory, Harry C.Manning Weston High School
    • Best Editing: Dynamic, Anthony Leung, Williston Northampton
    • Honorable Mention: Larry & Rick, Tom Greto, PVPA

    2012 WINNERS

    • Best Film: Breezeless, Charles Frank, The Williston Northampton School
    • Most Creative: Elise’s Dream, Nicholas Motyka, West Springfield High School
    • Best Documentary: The Harry Potter Phenomenon, Eva Araya, The Hotchkiss School
    • Best Editing: Dreamer, Daisuke Hosokawa, The Governor’s Academy
    • Best Screenplay: A Zombie Romance, Brian Ryu, The Hotchkiss School
    • Best Special Effects: Special Effects: The Movie, Cade Zawacki, The Williston Northampton School
    • Best Cinematography: Mark Spaulding, Alex Kozikowski, The Williston Northampton School

    2011 WINNERS

    • Best Picture: Elevate, Charles Frank, The Williston Northampton School
    • Best Documentary: JP Artist Profile, Tucker MacDonald, Pomfret School
    • Best Animated: Film What Happened to the KO Hyphen?, Justin Bram, Kingswood Oxford School
    • Honorable Mention: Alone, Lauren Grainger and Dylan Zamacona, Hotchkiss Academy
    • Best Cinematography: Walking, John Rawlins, Pingree School
    • Best Screenplay: Anstoss, Jack Benham, Lewis Xie, Will Rhodes, Stefan Guenther, Berkshire School
    • Best Editing: The Morning Beat, Jameson Everett, Suffield Academy
    • Most Creative: Earliest Memory, Alex Hacker, The Williston Northampton School

    2010 WINNERS

    • Honorable Mention: Audition, Alex Hacker, The Williston Northampton School
    • Most Creative: Oriental Woman, Jihyo Kim , The Walnut Hill School
    • Best Special Effects: Childhood, Catherine Fraser, The Walnut Hill School
    • Best Editing: Sucker Serve, Ben Smith, Alexandra Thornton, Stephen Langer, Dillon O’Connor, Chester Houwink, The Hotchkiss School
    • Best Screenplay: Dark Green, Izzy Kornblatt, The Loomis Chaffee School
    • Best Cinematography: TAG, Zachary Charren -Diehl, Charles Frank, The Williston Northampton School
    • Best Animated Film: Sketchbook, Soo Hyo Kim, The Walnut Hill School
    • Best Documentary: Overload of Manure, Chester Houwink, The Hotchkiss School
    • Best Picture: Tightrope, Yoshi Makishima, Milton Academy

    2009 WINNERS

    • Honorable Mention: Dead Enough, Izzy Kornblatt, The Williston Northampton School
    • Best Picture: Democracy Outside the Voting Booth, Ricki Reisner, Carla Frankenbach, The Hotchkiss School
    • Best Edited: The Snow Ball, Harvey Burrell, Tripp Clemens, Concord Academy
    • Best PSA: Use It Wisely, Jordan Strafer, The Williston Northampton School
    • Most Creative: The Warning, Kyle Zesiger, The Williston Northampton School

    2008 WINNERS

    • Honorable Mention: Stickers, Lizzy Steiner, Berkshire School
    • Most Creative: Hallway Racing, Theo Pravitz-Rosen, Zak Kennedy, Ally Kellogg, Jeff Powers, & Angus Fisher, Northampton High School
    • Best Edited: Made In Peril, Rafael Cortina, The Williston Northampton School
    • Best Film: Lamb to Slaughter, Harvey Burell, Concord Academy

Want to learn more about Williston?

Just fill out the short form below and we’ll get you started.
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY