ConVal students Aliston Bolton and Jennifer Hopkins present films at festival

ConVal senior Jennifer Hopkins’ short film “Do You Remember Me” was one of 20 films selected for the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival. 

ConVal senior Jennifer Hopkins’ short film “Do You Remember Me” was one of 20 films selected for the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival.  —PHOTO COURTESY CONVAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Junior Aliston Bolton’s short film “Missing Winter” was one of 20 films selected for the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival.

Junior Aliston Bolton’s short film “Missing Winter” was one of 20 films selected for the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival. —PHOTO COURTESY CONVAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Published: 05-22-2024 12:05 PM

ConVal High School junior Aliston Bolton and senior Jennifer Hopkins were selected to showcase their original films at the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival, and presented their films Sunday at Chunky’s Cinema Pub in Manchester.

As part of the Region 14 Applied Technology Center’s Digital Video II course, students must submit a short film to the competition. Bolton, a student in the class, and Hopkins, a student and teaching assistant for the digital photo and video program, both had their work chosen as screening selections for the festival.

Bolton’s short film, “Missing Winter,” depicts a fictional story where a power outage leads to a need for ice to keep food from spoiling. The character then reminisces about fond winter memories, including an edit of students skiing.

Hopkins’ film, “Do You Remember Me” focuses on tracing family genealogy, specifically about relationship rifts due to the Great Depression and the resulting reconnection.

“Their hard work and dedication is evident by the excellent cinematography displayed in their films,” stated Technical Education Director Jennifer Kiley.

Twenty films created by students across the state were selected for the competition. Films were selected and scored based on originality, cinematic storytelling and technical execution, and all films, regardless of type or genre, were judged on the filmmaker’s ability to effectively captivate an audience through cinematic expression.

The judges panel consisted of industry professionals, including videographers, editors, graphic designers, sound designers, producers, writers, filmmakers and similar fields. Neither Bolton nor Hopkins won an award.

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