2020 Film Festival


Drexel Foundation 15th Annual Children’s Film Festival Virtual Platform received18 Entries from all over the U.S. 

Drexel Foundation’s 15th Annual Children’s Film Festival virtual submission was open to everyone from anywhere. They received a great selection of diverse films “For Kids, By Kids and with Kids in Mind”. With submissions from Idaho, throughout the Treasure Valley, and even an entry from as far away as New York, 18 films were sent in to vie for the $100 cash prize and Best of Show Honors. 

The winners for each of the 4 age categories were announced on Sept. 19th on all Drexel Foundation’s social media platforms with first-place winners in each age category receiving $50+ in gift certificates, and Best of Show $100 cash. All that entered a film received prizes.  This year the crash course was virtual too with fun how-to instructional videos in four parts for easy viewing. All films can be viewed under the video tab 2020 entries. You can also find the crash course instructional videos there under the video tab, crash course films. 

Winning first place for the Youth 4-11 was Ruby Shaffer with a photo slideshow “Through Ruby’s Eyes, Winning first place for the Middle school 12-14 division was Hoss Johnson with “A Day in In The Life Of My Dad”. In the Young Adult category, first place went to the Stull girls ranging from 5-16, Remi, Holland, Dutchlin, and Caslin Stull, with the film “Accelerated”.  It even had original music by Holland & Remi Stull. Winning Second place was Japheth Carlson with “Designing My BYU Experience”, third place went to “Spooktember” by Elisa Gaston, and fourth to “Car” by Catherine Booth. The Adult 20+ division winner was “No Daddy Daughter Dance” by Kody Newton. Sweeping this category he also received second place for “Bankston & Biggs”, and third for “Right Time”. Fourth place went to “Ukiee” by Sam McLaughlin, Ezekiel & Willow Fuson. The other entries in this category, in no particular order, were: “Toy” by Jordon Gore, “What Does Easter Mean to You?”  By Mark Washington & The Children of Royal COGIC,  “Changing a Tire With Fire” by Cynthia Mayhall Christy, “Time Lapse BYU-I” by Noah Carlson, “The Boy I Left Behind” by Kody Newton, “Ode to Our Treasure Valley” by Jordon Lewis Lee (Dobney) & Nik Washboard Walker, “2020 Vale  Rodeo-Compared to Years Past” by Nick Voechting, and “Mothers Day Brunch At Wallow Union Railroad” by Cynthia Mayhall Christy. Winning Top Honors as the Best of Show and $100 CASH was “Accelerated” by the Stull Family. 

The Drexel Foundation was originally created to help preserve the Historic 1908 Vale Hotel and 1895 Grand Opera House. At its inception, the goal was to create an art center in a portion of the Grand Opera House and later in the Vale Hotel, thus, providing a space for the community to enjoy cultural events and art education.  In 1995, the first Art Camp & Talent Show was held. Over the years the foundation has added several annual art programs, humanities, and cultural events. In 2005 this Annual Film Festival “For Kids By Kids and With Kids In Mind began.” Later in 2006, the Annual Film Crash Course workshop with professional film & screenwriters started. 


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Ruby Shaffer 1st Youth Winner

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Hoss Johnson 1st Middle School

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The Stull Family 1st in Young Adult & Best of Show

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Kody Newton with his trophies for winning 1st-3rd in the Adult Category



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