Four Lawrence High School students recently received awards for their short films presented in the student-run Lawrence High School Focus Film Festival.
“Demain” by students Clara Lehr, Hunter Ramer and Zach Spears got the most acclaim, taking prizes in three categories: best in show, best story and fan favorite. “Art” by LHS student Maya Brinton received the best drama award.
The festival gives student filmmakers from all over Northeast Kansas an opportunity to show their work to their peers and members of the community. Ten awards were presented to students, as well as the films, throughout the day Sunday.
All of the films were judged by a panel of filmmaker professionals. This year the judges included local filmmakers Marc Havener, Jon Niccum, Patrick Rea (“The Empty Acre”) and “Winter's Bone” director and co-writer Debra Granik.