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 Southridge Students Win ZoomFest Awards Including “Best Overall Junior Film”

Southridge student filmmakers and animators won multiple awards including “Best Overall Junior Film” at the ZoomFest awards gala at Mulgrave School on Saturday, Nov. 24. This year, ZoomFest had over 100 entries from around the province.

ZoomFest is a 48-hour filmmaking competition for teenagers. Over the course of two days, students must make a complete film that incorporates the secret theme and prop. This year, the theme was “There's no free lunch” and the prop was a CD. Southridge had 70 students enter the competition as part of 16 teams.

Interestingly, a team of Southridge students was able to create a complete animated film in 48 hours for ZoomFest and were recognized by the judges with an honourable mention award for this achievement. In recent years, Southridge students have pioneered the use of animation in ZoomFest by creating claymation films and 2D animation films. This year, students from another school also took the animation approach and, in recognition of student interest, ZoomFest has announced a new animation category for next year!

Congratulations to all of the Southridge students who entered Zoomfest! Please see the list of Southridge award winners below. To see a highlight reel of Southridge student work from ZoomFest 2018, please click here:


Best Overall Film (Junior)

“A Free Treat”

  • Helena Hockertz
  • Cindy Zhang


Honorable Mention Award for Animation
3rd Place Junior Technical Achievement

  • Dominic Perez
  • Maria Cucerca