By Julie Huss
DERRY — Pinkerton students are reaping reel awards lately with their talents behind and in front of the camera.
Film students at Pinkerton earned top awards for their film entries in film festivals recently, including the 48-Hour Film Festival and the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival.
The 48-hour event gave students a chance to be assigned a film, make it, then deliver the finished product to judges.
Pinkerton video teacher Chris Lord said the students had to have a main character, a prop and a line of dialogue.
The finished product, the 7-minute "Doug Dupin and the Fountain of Youth," was screened at a red carpet event in Hooksett last month.
Pinkerton crews were among 14 high schools with 27 films featured at the Short Film event held last month in Concord.
Films ranged from dramas to comedies and public service productions.
"The overall quality of the films is getting stronger every year, and with each festival, students are setting the bar higher," state Film and Television Office official Matthew Newton said. "It's also exciting to learn that some high schools are starting to include the festival as part of their media production programs."
About 40 films were submitted to the festival.
Leading Pinkerton's charge for top honors were Rochely Zapat and Callee Thompson whose film, "Analogous" took the Jury Award for Best in Show.
Other Jury Award finalists came from the Derry high school, including "The Champ," produced by Sam Waterhouse, Devin Cox, Mark Smith and Cooper Richards.
The Audience Award for "Hidden" went to Pinkerton's Paul Cooper, Noah Levin and Aaron Small.
Other nominated Pinkerton films included "Retrogression" by Zackary Davis, Nicholas Gagliardi, Steve Hurley and Patrick Maryea; "The Toymaker" by Tyler Krupa, Breanne Mullen, Sarah Pilotte and Miranda Ronan; and "Bromance" by James Marsan and Andrew Reese.
The Jury Award and runner-up award winners will have their films screened at the New Hampshire Film Festival in October and the Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival in November.
Pinkerton hosted a meeting of the Film and Television office in May to help film students, local actors, and those involved in the film industry around the state connect for future jobs and experience.
The New Hampshire Film and Television Office started the New Hampshire High School Festival in 2007 to give high school filmmakers a chance to create and show their films in competition.
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