Previous Winners

2019

Our fourth year; we returned to Westchester to Rye Country Day School. We had a brisk 90-minute video screening followed by a short awards presentation.

Animation
Gold Medal Winner Interrupted Sean Glass Grace Church School
Silver Medal Winner Taking the Temple Otto Landesman and Henry Pallesen Grace Church School
Comedy
Gold Medal Winner Hudson Price It’s GIF Woodstock School
Silver Medal Winner Ra Ra Girls Jake H. Srebnick Packer Collegiate Institute
Bronze Medal Winner The Rainy Minute Abby Gewirtz Ethical Culture Fieldston
Honorable Mention Is This Seat Taken? Farrah Shikara Friends Academy
Documentary
Gold Medal Winner True Administration of Justice Esmé Fox Ethical Culture Fieldston
Silver Medal Winner Women in STEM Alexia Hartogensis Rye Country Day School
Bronze Medal Winner Danny Cole

Max Cole

LREI
Honorable Mention Fieldston Protest Doc Mia McCoobery Ethical Culture Fieldston
Drama
Gold Medal Winner Same Blood Malcolm Grover Woodstock School
Silver Medal Winner Daydream Meadow Magee LREI
Bronze Medal Winner Audio Waves Jake H. Srebnick Packer Collegiate Institute
Honorable Mention Delusions of Introversion Max Reilly LREI
Experimental
Gold Medal Winner The Mechanism of… Sam Klein Loyola School
Silver Medal Winner Crushed Oliver Milford Woodstock School
Bronze Medal Winner Trawl Gega Ugulava The Ross School
Honorable Mention L'Initiative Orange Liv Solomon Grace Church School
Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Gold Medal Winner The Magician's Granddaugher Alexia Hartogensis Rye Country Day School
Silver Medal Winner Pop goes the Weasel Evalise Melgar Rye Country Day School
Bronze Medal Winner The Fear of… Juliann Zhou Loyola School
Honorable Mention Little Box of Horrors Juliana Casale Rye Country Day School
Mixed Genre
Gold Medal Winner The Piano Ethan Stuart Rye Country Day School
Silver Medal Winner Lovely Evelyn Ward Grace Church School
Bronze Medal Winner baked. Abby Gewirtz and Kasey Wilner Ethical Culture Fieldston
Honorable Mention Paperboy Theo Perl Ethical Culture Fieldston
Special Awards
Best in Show Same Blood Malcolm Grover

Woodstock School

Special Award - Social Justice Fieldston Protest Doc Mia McCoobery Ethical Culture Fieldston
Special Award - Best Female Director Women in STEM Alexia Hartogensis Rye Country Day School

 

2018

Our third year saw the introduction of special categories based on judges preferences. We had a very long screening hosted by Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

Animation
Gold Medal Winner T.S.A. Henry Wolf Trevor Day School
Silver Medal Winner Stress Reed Leibowitz SAR High School
Bronze Medal Winner Another Hero Myles Dunlop LREI
Comedy
Gold Medal Winner Perfect Little Angel Arabella Walley St. Ann’s School
Silver Medal Winner Ra Ra Girls Annabelle Lesser Ethical Culture Fieldston
Bronze Medal Winner Reset Button Pong Tulyathan The Ross School
Honorable Mention Is This Seat Taken? Rachel Horowitz & Gabe Merke St. Ann’s School
Documentary
Gold Medal Winner Taking Back the Bronx Ben Ginsburg Ethical Culture Fieldston
Silver Medal Winner Ladies of Liberty Rebecca Auburn Ethical Culture Fieldston
Bronze Medal Winner Under the Blanket Jemima Alabi Grace Church School
Honorable Mention Redefining Judaism Melissa Ibrahim The Ross School
Drama
Gold Medal Winner Strangers Benjamin Kaiser Ethical Culture Fieldston
Silver Medal Winner Fool’s Paradise Eli Kramer St. Ann’s School
Bronze Medal Winner Behind Her Words Mia McCoobery Ethical Culture Fieldston
Honorable Mention Sedona Graham Hall Packer Collegiate Institute
Experimental
Gold Medal Winner A Loss of Innocence Christian Miller The Ross School
Silver Medal Winner A+A Nina Sielski Elizalde United Nations International School
Bronze Medal Winner Where’d All Time Go? Theo Matza Ethical Culture Fieldston
Honorable Mention Perception Sunny Guo The Ross School
Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Gold Medal Winner What’s In The House? Joseph Zanchelli & Kai Parcher-Charles The Ross School
Silver Medal Winner Spellbound Rachel Nachman St. Ann’s School
Bronze Medal Winner Nøkk Olivia Belluck Ethical Culture Fieldston
Honorable Mention The Butcher Kenyon Bruha, Melchior Delpech, Arthur Christory Lycée Français de New York
Mixed Genre
Gold Medal Winner The Crank Call Criminal Henry Wolf Trevor Day School
Silver Medal Winner Neon Kai Parcher-Charles The Ross School
Bronze Medal Winner A Culinary Romance Christopher Agger St. Ann’s School
Honorable Mention Identite Sofia Rao United Nations International School
Music Video
Gold Medal Winner People of the Night Will Simotas Grace Church School
Silver Medal Winner Black Power Movements Kai Williams & Summer Green Grace Church School
Bronze Medal Winner Smile Margot Sarkozy Lycée Français de New York
Special Awards
Best in Show A Loss of Innocence Christian Miller The Ross School
Special LGBTQ Award A+A Nina Sielski Elizalde United Nations International School
Special Award - Best Female Director Ladies of Liberty Rebecca Auburn Ethical Culture Fieldston
Special Award - Social Justice Taking Back the Bronx Ben Ginsburg Ethical Culture Fieldston

 

2017

In our second year, seventy-eight productions from over thirty schools made a very difficult judging process. This year, we screened four films - “Gold”; “Silver”; “Bronze”; and “Honorable Mention”.

Animation
Gold Medal Winner The Shadow Pier Paolo Piccoli Lycée Français de New York
Silver Medal Winner Multiplicity: A Day of a DID Patient Mingwei Gao Ross School
Bronze Medal Winner Antarcticology James Karasyov Grace Church School
Honorable Mention Fractions of Time Will Waddell Rye Country Day School
Documentary
Gold Medal Winner Off Season Alex Lawson Ross School
Silver Medal Winner Union Square, September 2016 Milena Krondl United Nations International School
Bronze Medal Winner The Sculptor Ben Ginsburg Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Honorable Mention The First Time Race Mattered Kalli Jackson LREI
Experimental
Gold Medal Winner Fiji Jonas Linnman Feuerring Ross School
Silver Medal Winner Growth & Discovery Will Waddell Rye Country Day School
Bronze Medal Winner Relax Jason Zuriff, Alex Lopez, & George Maguire Trevor Day School
Honorable Mention The Roots Jemima Alabi Grace Church School
Narrative Fiction, Over 6 Minutes
Gold Medal Winner Tub Adjacent* Jefferson Randall Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Silver Medal Winner Cover Up Theo Matza Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Bronze Medal Winner Better Than Here Lucia Robinson Ross School
Honorable Mention 127 Minutes Sam Gallen Riverdale Country Day School
Narrative Fiction, Under 6 Minutes
Gold Medal Winner Vacuum Skylar Jennings United Nations International School
Silver Medal Winner No New Messages Olivia Weseley Packer Collegiate Institute
Bronze Medal Winner Hiccups Sam Nedelma Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Honorable Mention Fishing Zenona Darrow Woodstock Country Day School
Best in Show
  Tub Adjacent* Jefferson Randall Ethical Culture Fieldston School
* Tub Adjacent contains mature themes.

 

2016

It was a very competitive first year for the 2016 New York Alliance Film Festival.Seventy-five productions from over twenty-five schools made a very difficult judging process. If your film wasn't selected, it wasn't because it wasn't well done. These semi-finalists represent the best New York State independent schools have to offer.

Semi-Finalists are listed in alphabetical order. Winners in Bold.

Animation
“Guts” Misuzu Shibano The Ross School
The Moon's Letter Pier Paolo Piccoli Lycee Francais de New York
Documentary
The Ebola Project Noah Cosimano-White The Park School of Buffalo
Unfound Justice* Labeebah Subair & Ellana Lawrence LREI
Experimental
GIRL$ Stella Gatti, Kit Keenan & Zoe Pratt Grace Church School
Leftovers Harrison O'Clair & Emma Pittelman Woodstock Day School
Narrative Fiction, Over 6 Minutes
Baby Face Fernanda Amis, Romilly Newman & Eliza Price Saint Ann's School
Modern Love Evariste Gindrey & Harry Traenkle Lycee Francais de New York
Narrative Fiction, Under 6 Minutes
Delusions of Noir Myles Dunlop, Harry Kassen, Ella Corn, Bennett Mark LREI
Dropped Call Dorothea Fox-Dichter Packer Collegiate Institute
Special Achievement
  Lang “Mark” Cheng The Ross School
* Unfound Justice contains scenes of people dying and curse words. Parents with younger children may wish to preapre their children.