2018 Film Festival Winners


Drexel Foundation’s 12th  Annual Children’s Film Festival & Film-maker Competition premiers many local films for Kids by kids and with kids in mind including the world premier of “ Para-annoyed”

            The Drexel H. Foundation's 12th film festival competition had another successful year with entries from many Western Treasure Valley artists. The film competition 1st place winner in the Youth 4-11 category sponsored by Oregon Shakespeare Festival  & Malheur Drug, was The Chaseby  Riggin Delong, Dustie & Roper Muncey. Taking 2nd place was Detective Sydney a story about 5 year old Sydney Hansen’s  mission to find a missing cat. In the 12- 14 age category Sponsored by  TVCC Foundation & Bogus Basin 1st place went to Sharing is Caring.  An  ensemble effort by Kaydra Stewart, Amber, Hannah, Rayanna, Abigail, Ben, and Gideon Hansen, ages 4-13 . This video was a fun story giving the message, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” In the 15- 19 category sponsored by Ontario Auto Ranch & Anniversary Inn 1st place winner was Vote Isabel for Secretary by: Isabel Lastiri and second place was Vote Japheth for TreasurerBy Japheth Carlson. The Adults 20+ category sponsored by Wildhorse Resort &Casino first place winner was 2018 Bombing Keeney Pass  by KJ Fuson, Sam & Andrew McLaughlin. This was a video of these young men skateboarding down Keeney pass. Winning 2nd place was VHS Back to School  by  all the VHS teachers. It was a funny welcome back to school video for all students to enjoy. Third place was a cute film Emotional Test of Money by David Armstrong about how money effects your emotions.  All participants received a trophy and a prize bag full of cool prizes donated by the 2018 sponsors listed in the program.  Also, the first place winners in each category won a minimum of $50.00 gift cards & certificates. The “Best of Show”$100 cash prize went to the  film that was the judges favorite & most memorable of all entries. This year the middle school ensemble video  Sharing is Caring  took home highest honors trophy and cash.

Everyone enjoyed a lovely night of new films for kids by kids and with kids in mind. During the awards special attention was given to thank all Drexel Foundation sponsors & donors during the 2018 year.  At the film maker’s Reception sponsored by Oregon Media Production Association and Sun Valley Resort there was mingling among the filmmakers and  comments about the special effects from the crash course participants creating the new movie “Para-annoyed”. It is a spoof about the ghost hunter culture and the annoyed ghosts who have to deal with these intrusions.  There were numerous door prizes won. Acknowledgment was given and gifts presented to superstar volunteers Angela & Ron Smith for their contributions throughout 2018 at all the Drexel Foundations events. There was a special thank you  to Phill Stucker  for his writing, directing, shooting and editing this year’s crash course film. The crash course participants ranged in ages from 7 - 59, and were all involved as actors, sound technicians , lighting, grips, production assistants, cameramen, costume, and technical crew. Participants included: Director Phill Stucker, Screenwriter Phil Stucker; Assistant Director Sandijean Fuson, Camera #1 Kelsey Tolman, Camera #2 Phill Stucker, Actors: Catherine Booth, Ferny Cazales, Heather Cummins, Zina Cummins, Elisa Gaston, Manana Gomez, Alex Gomez,  Moses Hernandez, Jeena Jackson, Sam McLaughlin, Dustie Muncy, Darin Smith, Angela Smith, and  Ron Smith. Grips: Noah Carlson, Andrew McLaughlin, Caleb Voechting, Mike McLaughlin, Sound Technician & boom Mic: Illiana Carrillo and Alex Gomez, Clap board: Noah Carlson & Moses Hernandez, Documentary camera: Ferny Cazales and Editor Phill Stucker. “The group of participates got to create the movie with their input and thoughts. It was a very funny video and unique choice of topic. Every year the crash course film is different, but a few kids have grownup on screen being involved since they were quite young.” Said Sandijean Fuson, President of Drexel Foundation.

After the awards the final segment of the event was a showing of past movies created at the crash course. It was another highlight of the film festival. The special Presentation showcase sponsor were Carlson Law Office . The audience laughed & enjoyed the showing of the past 4 years crash course films Vanishing Vortex, and all three films in the “Thunderchicken” series.   All this years films can be found for viewing under the video tab of “Children’s Film Festival & Film Makers Competition” entries. The next two events the Drexel Foundation will sponsor is the Fall Celebration of the Volunteers, the Free Halloween movie at the Vale Downtown trick or treat on 10/31/from 3-5, and the annual Open House on Dec. 31st 9-12 at the Grand Opera House and Vale Hotel.  “Much thanks goes to Phill Stucker, the volunteers  and the businesses and individuals who give their time, money and donations to help make the Free Drexel Art Programs & community events worthwhile.” Said Fuson.  


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