Marist is proud to share the over the winter, the GEG Chicagoland Film Festival announce 2 groups of Marist students were recognized with awards for their films. The groups won out of over 130 entries!! Molly Dignan ’23, Payton Benoit, ’23, and Gina Czochara, ’23 won the Best Silent film award, and Ben Detampel, ’22, George Bilecki, ’22, and Liam Ryan, ’23 won the High School Grand Prize!
About the Festival
The festival is sponsored by Google Chicago’s education branch. Every year, they host a film festival around a theme. This year’s theme was “Imagination.” Students were asked to create a short film on how they interpret this theme. Here is a link to the website if you want to learn more, click here.
The students were then invited to the film festival, which took place on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at the Renaissance Convention Center in Schaumburg. The kids were announced as winners and honored with awards.
Watch the Winning Videos:
Ben, George and Liam as a group won the High School Grand Prize!
“When Ms. Trainor told us we won The High School Grand Prize we were thrilled. All the hard work and extra time we put into the video was definitely worth it. We are extremely excited to be attending the Google Film Festival in February.”
Molly, Payton, and Gina as a group won Best Silent Film!
“We are beyond excited to have received Best Silent Film! It was a great experience collaborating, to put together our take on the theme imagine. Our creativity was shown through our work and we had really enjoyed the process.”
Mrs. Noelle Trainor, Teacher for the Broadcasting and Editing Classes, shared:
This is the second year we have had winners of this festival! Back in 2018-2019, Cydnee Dotson, who was a senior, won the High School Grand Prize.
“We always try to submit to a few film festivals a year so it’s exciting that we have 2 groups of students who placed in this festival! What makes GEG Chicagoland’s festival different is that students have to create short films centered on a specific word or theme. This year the theme was “imagination.” It was very cool for me to see how different of ideas each student has around the theme and how each student may perceive “imagination” differently.”
We are so very proud of our creative and talented RedHawks.