On April 2, sixteen teams from the original twenty-two that registered participated in the 72 Hour Film Festival screening and awards event at Peninsula High School. The Competition was the result of a partnership with the Gig Harbor Film Festival and the Peninsula School District for grades 6 through adult. While most participants were from the Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula area, there were also films submitted from students at Olympic College in Bremerton.
Every film was screened. The highlight for the audience was spotting the various required items that appeared in each film. They were: Gum, a baseball hat and a scream. These elements assure that the film was made during the prescribed time period. Following the screening, the audience enjoyed an intermission with hors d’oevres.
Then, the film makers were treated with a red carpet awards ceremony “Oscar Style” which included paparazzi and trophies.
Special recognition was given to Alexa Shanafelt, a multi-media teacher at Kopachuck Middle School for her role in supporting many of the participating teams. She provided students with access to video cameras and computers lab time for editing. Gig Harbor Film Festival Executive Director, Jenny Wellman was delighted with the growth in the event that has doubled in size in the last two years.
It is expected that this partnership will continue to be an annual event in the Gig Harbor Community.