Catlin Gabel Media Arts Student Wins International Youth Silent Film Festival

By Dana Ellis

Catlin Gabel school, Catlin Speak

This year, many Catlin Gabel media arts students submitted silent films, with four individuals and three duos making it to the top 46 Pacific Northwest Regional Finals. Nic Bergen ’16 got first place and a prize of $1000 in the International Youth Silent Film Festival (IYSFF).

The finalists’ films were screened at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Ore. Bergen’s film, “Continuous Quest,” won first place out of films from all around the world including the United States, Canada and China. The film was filmed and edited by Bergen and starred fellow classmates.

Be on the lookout for news on the public screening scheduled for June 4! If you can’t wait, below are the seven films created by Catlin Gabel students that made it to the regional finals.

Winner: “Continuous Quest”

Finalist: “Zoltar Speaks”

Finalist: “Two-Sided”

Finalist: “Clone 258”

Finalist: “Date Night”

Finalist: “Voir Double”

Finalist: “Your Turn”

About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (

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