Dominique Dunne Film Competition

2016 Winners

Fountain Valley School has announced a revised version of the winners for the 2016 Dominque Dunne Film Competition. Due to unforeseen circumstances and upon further consideration, the films listed below are the 2016 winners.

There were 35 entries in the contest from schools across the country including FVS, Harvard-Westlake in California, Denver School of the Arts and Ballard High School in Washington.

"Creepy" was a main theme among the dramatic entries with several submissions falling in the horror or thriller genre. Both the first- and second-place dramatic films, "Outlier" and "Who's Afraid of the Dark?" brought the suspense factor in full force.

High school students working with The Righteous Conversations Project of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust won first and second prizes in the documentary category. First place went to "The Story of Three Rings: A Memoir of Dana Schwartz" by Dora Schoenberg, Felix Audelo-Ruiz, Juli Freedman, Elly Hong and Carolina Martinez. 

"Curt Lowens: A Life of Change" finished second and "Daughters of Cambodia" from Harvard-Westlake High School was third. Both films from The Righteous Conversations Project mixed animation sequences with interviews to illustrate the stories of Holocaust survivors.

The Dominique Dunne Film Competition began at FVS in 1967 and was resurrected in 2011 after a seven-year hiatus. Winning films were screened for the FVS community on Saturday, May 7.

Dramatic Category Winners

First Place: “The Outlier" by Grant Shelpuk of the Denver School of Arts ($300 prize)

Second Place: "Who's Afraid of the Dark?" by Bergen Johnson of Ballard High School in Seattle, Wash. ($100 prize)

Documentary Category Winners

First Place: “The Story of Three Rings: A Memoir of Dana Schwartz" by Dora Schoenberg, Felix Audelo-Ruiz, Juli Freedman, Elly Hong, Carolina Martinez; The Righteous Conversations Project ($300 prize)

Second Place: "Curt Lowens: A Life of Change" by Justin Binder; Robert Earlson, George Khabbaz, August Blum, Levi Glaser, Kayla Mossanen, Tammy Shine; The Righteous Conversations Project, Harvard-Westlake Summer Film Institute ($100 prize)

Honorable Mention: "Daughters of Cambodia" by Maya Hinken, Nicole Kim, Tarin North, William Park of Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, Calif. ($50 prize)

About the Competition
The Dominique Dunne Film Competition was the country's first high school-sponsored showcase for young filmmakers. Originally called the FVS Film Festival, it was renamed after the death of Dominique, a promising actress and 1977 FVS graduate.

Judges and Advisory Board
This year’s judges were former executive director of the Dominique Dunne Film Competition (and former FVS arts faculty) Jeff Brown; Kathleen Broyles, program director at Milagro at Los Luceros, who also has a longtime association with the Sundance Film Festival; and Cyd Cohn, Colorado Springs filmmaker.

The award-winning films are sent to members of the competition’s Advisory Board, consisting of internationally known film and television veterans: Griffin Dunne '74, John Goldwyn '76, Tony Goldwyn '78 and Ed Sherin '48.
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