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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)December 5, 2017

Students from High Tech High School in North Bergen, N.J., and their advisors proudly display their trophies and plaques.

MAHWAH, N.J. – More than three dozen student filmmakers from around the state showcased their talents at the 3rd Annual High School Film Festival, recently hosted by Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Students entered original films in a variety of genres and were awarded in several categories including editing, cinematography, documentary and fiction. In all, 37 student films were screened and judged by a panel of Ramapo College faculty. Each entrant was awarded an Oscar-type statuette. Five top films were presented with a plaque and gift card.

The top winners were:

Best of the Fest: “Max’s Candy Crush” directed by Aidan Romanaux and Max Goldstein, Columbia High School

Best Fiction Film: “Solitaire” directed by Comcille Donston, High Tech High School

Best Animation: “Super Convention” created and animated by Sophie Goodman-Merel, Columbia High School

Best Editing: “For Her” directed by Rosalie Geon, Paramus High School

Best Cinematography: “Dream On” directed by David Mansour, High Tech High School

Best Documentary: “Village to Village” directed by Max Goldstein, Columbia High School

“This was the third annual festival and our biggest yet, with filmmakers, friends, parents, cast and crew packing the theater to watch over thirty films of every type and genre from dozens of high schools all across New Jersey,” said Neel Scott, Associate Professor of Communications Arts in the School of Contemporary Arts at Ramapo College. “If the films from the festival are any evidence, the next generation of New Jersey filmmakers is very talented. We look forward to continuing to grow the festival each year, and to screening the impressive work of New Jersey high school students.”


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education.


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