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Ossining HS Students Win Awards In 10-Day Film Challenge

Ossining High School students won awards at the 10-Day Film Challenge Festival. Photo Credit: Contributed
The students call themselves BeaRoga Productions, using part of their teachers' last names. Photo Credit: Contributed

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Ossining High School students won numerous awards at both the 10-Day Film Challenge Festival in New York City and Hendrick Hudson Film Festival last week.

For the 10-Day Film Challenge, students had 10 class periods to script, shoot, score and edit a 3- to 4-minute film.

Two of the student films ranked in the top 10 for the state. “Enclosed,” a superhero film, was No. 2. “Phantasm,” a fantasy, was No. 8. “Enclosed” also won awards for best use of sound and best editing, and second place for best special effects. “Phantasm” received the award for best use of character.

“Enclosed” made the top five for drama at the 13th Annual Hendrick Hudson Film Festival. “The Usual,” a film by Robert Cafarelli of Ossining High School and Troy Peterson of Hendrick Hudson High School, won “Oscars” for best drama and best overall film. “Second Chance” received an honorable mention award.

The festival received about 300 submissions from more than 40 schools in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The students are in a new film course co-taught by theater teacher Jessica Beattie and photography teacher Harry Quiroga. They call themselves BeaRoga Productions, using part of each teacher’s last name.

“BeaRoga Productions is incredibly proud of all the accomplishments made in just our first year,” Beattie said.

All four films submitted by the Ossining students made the top 30 in New York and were screened at the festival in New York City. The other entries were “Alone,” a mystery, and “My Strange Phobia,” a mockumentary.

More than 3,000 student filmmakers from 106 high schools in 15 states entered the 10 Day Film Challenge this year. Students received a genre, a character, a character’s backstory, a prop, a line of dialogue and a cinematic technique to use in their films.

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