Films made by Haverford students took home five of the nine awards given at the Second Annual Tri-Co Film Festival, which took over the Bryn Mawr Film Institute for the day, on Wednesday, May 1.
The Tri-Co Film Festival attracted 60 submissions from students from Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore colleges. Of those films, 23 were selected and curated into seven programs: Collections from the Past, Reflections, Distances, Gutted, Disturbances, Futures and Titles Sequences Re-Imagined.
After an evening screening at the Film Institute came an awards ceremony held later that night at Bryn Mawr’s Goodhart Hall (followed by dancing and dessert). Shari Frilot, a senior programmer with the Sundance Film Festival and one of this year’s Mellon Tri-Co creative residents, juried the films.
Most of the winning student filmmakers from Haverford were enrolled in Visiting Instructor Vicky Funari’s “Advanced Documentary Film Production” class, sponsored by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities.
Hilary Brashear ’13 took home the prize for documentary writing for Triptyc, “a fresh, inside take on the subject of polyamory,” according to Frilot. Alexandra Colon ’13 and her collaborators, Waleed Shahid ’13 and Mary Clare O’Donnell ’14, won two awards, the prize for autobiographical documentary and the coveted audience award, for Dessenterrando Muertos (Unearthing Silence), a beautifully shot doc about Colon’s missing grandfather. Carl Sigmond ’13, a winner for Best Coursework Film at last year’s inaugural fest for Discovering Albert, took home another prize this year. He, cinematographer Maria Etienne ’14 and editor Gebby Keny ’14 won a prize for vérité documentary filmmaking for their 69th => NORRISTOWN. And Edward Gracia ’13 was recognized for the “lyrical composition, sense of poetry and delightful aesthetic” of the experimental animation of This is About My Dad.
Congratulations to the winners and all of the talented filmmakers who participated!