Now in its eighth year, Zoomfest is an excellent opportunity for students to work collaboratively, think creatively, and develop technical skills. Although participants only have 48 hours to create their film, it is often during Zoomfest that students produce some of their best work, and for a few talented filmmakers, the accolades do not stop with the December Awards Gala.
In 2011, filmmakers Luke Allard, Eric Bleim, Sean Bromley, George Collister, Kevin Catliff, Sam Griffiths and Nick Pallone made Mulgrave history when their film Inventory won Zoomfest. The film, which stars current grade 5 student William Collister, has since gone on to win awards at the BC Student Film Festival and has garnered attention from Reel Youth – a local organisation that seeks to give youth an opportunity to empower others and create meaningful films. It is through Reel Youth that Inventory was selected to be screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Inventory was screened earlier this week along with 15 other student shorts from around the world. The audience consisted not only of avid VIFF fans, but also the Mulgrave Film 12 class, some of whom hope to follow in the footsteps of last year’s filmmakers. Will Collister was present for the Q&A session at the end of the film, and was articulate and confident as he answered questions in front of the sold out theatre, “Even though we had to finish it in 48 hours, it was never too stressful”.
Congratulations to the Inventory team! Click here to view this award-winning film.