Ten student films selected for Moon Waltz Film Festival

Ten Conant students’ films will be shown in the Moon Waltz Film Festival.

These students were Christina Chase, ‘18, Erielle Cabrera, ‘19, Satyajit Sarkar, ‘19, Arturo Navarette Garcia, ‘20, Jeffrey Pagels, ‘20, Joey Tomaso, ‘20, Sajid Hasan, ‘20, Zeno Kim, ‘20, and Hannah Epich, ‘20, and Barbara Adams, ‘20.

The festival is hosted by Palatine High School and Palatine High School Film Club sponsor Nick Hostert. Moonwaltz has been going on for a decade but is now open to all D211 schools.

According to Video and Animation teacher Justin Bickus, “Each school can submit up to 25 films. Generally easy school gets around 10 to 15 student films submitted.”

He added, “The video has to be under 10 minutes in length and the themes are open to students to decide. There have been animations, motion graphics, short stories, comedies, six-second films, music videos and short films.”

The films are then judged by a panel of judges, usually former Palatine students who are studying film. The winners will be announced within a week or two and the day of the event as will receive gift cards and trophies.

Bickus said, “ It’s a really great event and showcases some outstanding filmmakers and time arts artists from the district. Many of the students who have shown in this fest go on to study film editing, directing, etc… and some are even working or studying in Hollywood today.”

Students have the opportunity to see the films and animations at Palatine High School on Thurs., April 26 at 7 p.m.

Morgan James

Morgan is a writer and senior at Conant. This is her fourth year on the Crier. Outside of school she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, and discovering new Netflix shows and podcasts.

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