Over 150 students created films showcasing the North Country’s assets as part of a regional student film festival. Nine schools were involved in the annual festival coordinated by North Country Education Services. The theme was “Through Our Eyes” with the categories of “Innovation North of the 44th,” “Life North of the 44th” and “The Future We Envision North of the 44th.”
With all the region’s schools being located north of the 44th parallel, the film festival is an ideal event for sponsorship by the North of the 44th project. The project is essentially a movement aimed at fostering a positive mindset regarding the region, celebrating its assets and building upon its strengths.
A near capacity audience gathered in the 295 seat Rialto Theatre on April 8 for the public screening of nominated films.
According to North Country Education Services Executive Director Lori Langlois, the students embraced the topic, and the festival had a real exciting feel to it this year. She said this year's entries made up the best batch of films submitted in the seven years of the event, and added that the students knew they were up against more competition this year and there was “edge of your seat feeling” waiting for the winners to be announced in each category.
Fourteen films received awards. Among them, Groveton Elementary School tied for first place in the category Life North of the 44th, for the film "Coos County: Summer vs. Winter."
The participating schools were Bethlehem Elementary, Gorham Middle, Groveton Elementary, Lafayette Regional, Lisbon Regional, Mildred C. Lakeway, Monroe Consolidated, Stratford Public, and Woodland Community School. New schools are encouraged to contact Lori Langlois at North Country Education Services regarding participation for 2017-2018.
Photographs of each winning team and links to all the student films receiving nominations can be accessed via ncedservices.org/2017-film-festival.