‘Obnoxious’ entry takes top SEF Film Festival honors

Award winners at the 2018 Sequim Education Foundation Film Festival include, from left, Maddy Dietzman, Melissa Porter, Madeline Patterson, Alec Shingleton, Raymond Lam, Jackson Lindorfer, Abygail Mundy and Kalli Wiker. (James Shingleton)

Award winners at the 2018 Sequim Education Foundation Film Festival include, from left, Maddy Dietzman, Melissa Porter, Madeline Patterson, Alec Shingleton, Raymond Lam, Jackson Lindorfer, Abygail Mundy and Kalli Wiker. (James Shingleton)

SEQUIM — “Obnoxious”? Perhaps — but it is an award-winning entry.

A trio of Sequim High School freshmen brought home not only first place overall but also the fan-favorite (literally) “Elkie” award at the 2018 Sequim Education Foundation Film Festival and Art Show, held April 20 at the Sequim High School auditorium.

Ninth-graders Maddy Dietzman, Melissa Porter and Amanda Weller came home with a bevy of honors for “The Most Obnoxious Place on Earth.”

The film won first place overall, with “The Best Quesadilla” (Raymond Lam and Alec Shingleton) taking second place and Madeline Patterson’s “WE Interact: SHS” in third.

Emma Beeson was awarded the People’s Choice award for the art portion of the festival.

Professional judges

While awards are judged prior to the show by professionals from the art and film industry, film fest audience members have the final say for the people’s choice “Elkie” award by yelling and clapping for their favorite movie of the night.

The video with the highest rating from a sound meter takes the “Elkie” honor.

The trophy is engraved with the current winner’s name and then resides in the trophy case of the winner’s school until next year.

“Elkie,” as he is fondly known, has taken up residence at three of Sequim’s five schools and will now be housed at Sequim High School, thanks to “The Most Obnoxious Place on Earth.”

In all, 86 students submitted artwork or films and $1,450 in cash awards were given to festival participants.

See www.sequim educationfoundation.org for more about the Sequim Education Foundation.

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