Film Prize Jr. NM film festival winners

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — A film festival in New Mexico is not so surprising with the booming film industry in the state.

But on Sunday, a different kind of festival filled up classic building downtown.

At the Historic Lobo Theater, high schoolers and middle schoolers were the artists racking up awards on stage.  

The winners helped award their schools with funding as well.

Over 800 students from nearly 60 different schools in the state participated over the weekend in the Film Prize Jr. New Mexico competition.  

People came out to watch the films on Saturday, and on Sunday, voters made their picks.

Janeyre Stockson was one of the winners at the festival. The sophomore from Data Charter won best of animation for the high school selection.

“It was a short film about two thieves going on a heist,” Stockton said.

This film festival comes just a few days after the announcement of the New Mexico Media Academy at the Rail Yards — another sign of growth for the state’s film industry.  

Judge’s 1st Choice – High Schooldeprived – Miyamura High School, Gallup
Judge’s 1st Choice – Middle SchoolThe Taste of Loneliness -Taos Integrated School of the Arts, Taos
Best of Animation – High SchoolProject Braender x – Digital Arts and Technology Academy, Albuquerque
Best of Animation – Middle SchoolThe Proof is in the Jello x – Homeschool, Questa
Best of Comedy – High SchoolI Want to be a Cowboy x – Explore Academy, Albuquerque
Best of Drama – High Schooldeprived x- Miyamura High School, Gallup
Best of Sci-Fi/Fantasy – High SchoolThe New Old Witches x – Santa Fe Preparatory School, Santa Fe
Best of Thriller – High SchoolHoly Cross x – Deming High School, Deming 
Best of Documentary – High SchoolSISTER OF THE CIRCLE x- Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos
Best of Comedy – Middle SchoolSchool Daze x – Roots and Wings Community School, Questa
Best of Drama – Middle SchoolThe Taste of Loneliness x – Taos Integrated School of the Arts, Taos
Best of Sci-Fi/Fantasy – Middle SchoolLet’s Watch a Movie x – Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy,Las Cruces
Best of Thriller – Middle SchoolHideous Helda x – Alice King Community School, Albuquerque
Best of Documentary – Middle SchoolRefugee Students of McKinley Middle School – McKinley Middle School, Albuquerque 

Middle School Founders Circle Winners

Zombie Garden – Penasco Middle School, Penasco

Getting There – Santa Fe School for the Arts and Sciences, Santa Fe

Hometown Roots – Springer Municipal Schools, Raton

High School Founders Circle Winners

If These Trees Could Talk – Cuba High School, Cuba

The Interviewer – Academy for Technology and the Classics, Santa Fe

The Gift of Death – Explore Academy High School, Albuquerque 

A Complete Guide to Being You –  La Cueva High School, Albuquerque 

Wildfires – Robertson High School, Las Vegas

High School Audience Choice Award

Holy Cross – Deming High School, Deming

Middle School Audience Choice

Water, Star Medicine – Turquoise Trail Charter School, Santa Fe