What an amazing experience this has been for all of us! The students had 48 hours to write, produce, and edit a film for the competition. It was incredible to watch their planning, their collaboration, and their work ethic. They are truly remarkable humans and we are so fortunate to get to work with them every day.
Yesterday, the films were shown at a theater near Paris. There were 8 categories of awards and only 3 nominees were selected for each of the categories. Out of 13 teams from all over the world, Woodrow’s blue team was nominated in 5 of the 8 categories. We missed winning the Best Film award by only 2 points. This was a phenomenal showing by our students and we couldn’t be prouder of them and of their talented and dedicated teacher, Michelle Briggs. We’re already looking towards 2021 to take another group back to compete!
Please congratulate these students for their nominations in the following categories:
Best Film: WWHS Blue (Gus Arenas, Annabelle Toe, Ashton Bryson, Lugardo Marroquin, Quincy Farris)
Best Directing: Gus Arenas
Best Cinematography: Annabelle Toe
Best Sound Design: Lugardo Marroquin
Best Actress: Sara-Ann Sullivan (from the American School of Paris. The students from ASP’s theater program served as actors in the films and the young lady assigned to our blue team’s film was nominated for and won the category of Best Actor.)
Woodrow Wilson High School International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is at American School of Paris.
In September, our IB Film teacher, Michelle Briggs, came to me with an idea to attend an international student film competition in Paris. I laughed and said that sounded very fun and very expensive. She told me she thought we could do it. Ms. Briggs worked tirelessly for four months to make this trip a reality for our students. She persevered behind the scenes to secure almost $18,000 in donations so that 2 teams of students could travel to compete. So, today, here we are in Paris, France, competing with some of the best IB Film programs in the world. This unforgettable opportunity is the result of the passion, energy, and vision of one teacher. THIS is Woodrow IB—a group of dedicated professionals who are changing lives every day.
Dr. Kelly Ritchie, Woodrow IB Coordinator