LIHUE — As Mike Hubbard watched student movies in front of Island School’s gymnasium, he was pleased to see such talent from the youth who shared their life experiences through film.
“It was a lot of short videos that were done by students and they did an amazing job,” the Lihue man said.
Hubbard was one of 100 people who visited Island School on Saturday for the second MOV. Festival, which showcased 30 small videos made elementary, middle and high school students from across the island.
The films ranged from comedy to drama and featured multiple editing techniques such as stop motion, fade in and fade out and animation. This year’s theme was “telling your story from your point of view.”
“There’s just a wide range of short films so it was really great to see some of the drama so well and some cinematography and some other things,” Hubbard said.
Students from Island School, Kilauea Elementary School, Connect Five Homeschool, Waimea High School and Kapaa Middle and High School submitted videos to the festival.
“I feel excited about it and just happy that everyone can see it,” said Taylor Chang, Kapaa Middle schooler.
Chang’s piece spoke out against the negative affects of bullying among elementary school students and how such cruelty can be avoided.
Chang also created a horror movie trailer for the fake film, “The Lady in White.”
One-hundred dollar Amazon gift cards were given to the winners of the festival in the three divisions of elementary, middle and high school videos.
Connect Five Homeschool student Zeke Gamby was thrilled with winning first place in the elementary division for his video, “The Path of the Paper Plane.”
He said his project is meant to represent how life is a “paper plane”and how people are on the same path in life.
“I feel like it’s a trophy for doing the hard work,” Gamby said. “I like filming and editing and doing that stuff.”
The winners of the competition included Waimea High School students Kelsie Shimatsu, Hope Coyaso and Karla Bermudez for their video “Reach Out” in addition to Kapaa Middle School students Sydney Nice, Wailana Makepa, Lele Anakalea and Brooke Kauo for their film “Letters to John.”
Island School students Jacob Dysinger, Ziko Quintana, Quentin Allen, Carlei Rutt and Ian Cowden took second in the high school division for their video, “Glass Figures.”
The second-place elementary and middle school winners included Kilaeau Elementary School student Kilioni Brown for her video “Body, Mind, Fun” and Connect Five Home School students Jackson Gamby and Brianna Ryan for their video “Dimension Jumpers.”
Kapaa High School students Shasta, Samantha, Chloe, Alex and Alexis won for their video “Late for Class” in addition to Kapaa Middle School students Arianna White, Preston Hayden, Jason Hoy and Kalani Young for their video “Internet Causes Addiction.”
Island School teacher Nathaniel Evslin said he was pleased with the student entries and believes in the importance of the festival.
“It gives students a chance to see their films that they create,” he said. “A lot of the schools have digital media programs and this gives the kids a chance to see their videos on the bigger screen with an audience so you can see the audience’s reaction as they watch their films and it kind of gives them a reason to all come together.”