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Fresh Films Weekly Filmmaking Competition Announces Winners

The Fresh Films Weekly Filmmaking Program Best Short Film results are in! Voted BEST FILM by peers, industry experts, staff and instructors are… drumroll please!
BEST FILM in the East Coast
Friends When You Need Them written by Hannah Devera, Sarah Westawker & Mara Branum brought to life by Ethan Hopkins, Dominic Howze, Aniyah Wilson, Ella Lesko, Marceline Abadeer, Sebastian Jasick, Cody Hopkins, and Khura Reed from the Best Buy Tech Center at Phase 4 Learning Center Pittsburgh
BEST FILM in the Midwest
The Last Day written by Spencer Staggs brought to life by Spencer Staggs, Holden Flosi, Jose Alba, Gabe Aguilera, Azucena Chavez, Yezabelle Moore, Alexis Freitas, and Brayden Kirzeder from Rock Island High School
BEST FILM in the Southeast
Playmate written by Mikayla Williams brought to life by Mikayla Williams, Amari Morrison, Ash Brooks, Bailey Bara, Grace Duson, Hannah Gil, Haylee Keys, Jodi Gil, Natalie Jameson, Raven Sanders, and Yessenia Guadarrama from Georgia Gwinnett College
Fresh Films Weekly Filmmaking Competition Announces Winners
BEST FILM in the West Coast
It Is What It Is written by Rafael Poblano & Ethan Hopkins brought to life by Bella Burns, Natalia Minnix, Mario A. Hernandez, Sydney Tate, and Leo Curry from Virtual Pacific
Congratulations to this talented groups of youth filmmakers! The future of filmmaking is certainly shaping up to be a bright one! It’s amazing to see what you have created in a few short weeks.
Thank you to the youth filmmakers, film industry leaders, our staff, alumni and other supporters who attended the Fresh Films Weekly Filmmaking Program’s Premiere event and voted for these films.
A special shout out to Sony Pictures who lent their expertise to the short film development process. Fresh Films would also like to thank all of our industry partners The Roku Channel, Fremantle, and Paramount Pictures for bringing these robust learning opportunities to over 400 young people nationwide! Extra thanks to our entire family of funders and partners for making our programs possible – we’re empowering the next generation of creatives!
Fresh Films Weekly Filmmaking Competition Announces Winners

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