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Lights! Camera! Action! CHS Film Festival returns to the theater

Published May 12, 2022


The 10th annual CHS Film Festival, which displays the work of student filmmakers with a red carpet and award show, will be returning to the center for the performing arts after a year of COVID-19 restrictions which forced students to show the films at a drive-in theater.

“We make all this art all year round and nobody sees it except fellow Video Production students,” Video Production teacher Brian Granbery says. “This is such a great opportunity to see the best of the best of the filmmakers here at CHS.”

Last year, the festival took place at the Monterey Fairgrounds. This year’s show will be a return to the CHS theater with a new and different experience for returning students with the inclusion of a red carpet, formal attire and public award ceremony. 

“I’m really excited to share this great opportunity this year with everyone back at the theater,” Film Club president Jerry Marnell says. “At last year’s film festival I won Best Cinematography, and it was a really great time. My friends and I won a hundred bucks so that was really a fantastic experience.”

2021 CHS Film Festival film winner “The Reward,” starring current freshman Victoria Valdez and directed by 2022 grad Emily Valdez.

A panel of judges made up of locally involved people in the film industry will review the best films from respective classes to determine which films will win awards like Best Editing, Best Experimental Film and Best Film. Judges will include Greg Mettler, a video instructor at Monterey Peninsula College and Cabrillo College; Cameron Poletti, a 2016 CHS alum turned independent filmmaker; as well as Jim Pinckney, a locally-based filmmaker.

Padre Parents has donated $1,000 to be awarded to the best films at the ceremony. First place winners in the event will be awarded $200 apiece.

Video Production has been a course offered for the last 15 years at Carmel and as time went on and more and more students gained interest into the class it quickly became one of most popular electives at CHS. The final project for Video Production students is the capstone, where students take the skills they have learned from the course and create a short film in the style of a narrative or documentary to display their filmmaking abilities, which will then be screened at the event.

“When we started I would just put up a projector in the library,” Granbery says. “When more people came I moved to the theater, and that’s where we’ve mainly held it for the past six years.”

The CHS Film Festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. May 25. Admission is $5.


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