The overall showcase winners in the Student Short Film Showcase of the Pontchartrain Film Festival were Zoe Carter, a senior at Helen Cox High School in Harvey; and NOCCA, for "Alone With Me, In Harmony: A Self Portrait"; and Mary McDade Casteel, of the University of New Orlean,s for "Into the Green."
Audience awards in the festival, held recently at the Mandeville Trailhead, went to Crawford Lemoine, of Madisonville, and John McCoy, of Mandeville. Lemoine, who studies media arts at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, won the high school audience award for "Street Freak." McCoy, a senior majoring in film and media arts at LSU, won the college audience award for "Expedition Saffron."
Competition for the 2018 Student Short Film Showcase will open early this year, as the showcase will move to a spring screening. Films 15 minutes and under completed by May 1, 2018, may be submitted at filmfreeway.com/PontchartrainFilmFestival-350581.
The Pontchartrain Film Festival is a project of the nonprofit Olde Towne Arts Center and is hosted by the city of Mandeville. The festival is a community event that encourages emerging filmmakers, creates interaction with the regional film economy and provides educational opportunities. The Pontchartrain Film Festival has become an annual cultural arts event on the north shore. For information, visit www.pontchartrainfilmfestival.com.