Sonoma County Office of Education

Five-Minute Film Festival showcases student films

03/10/2016 -

Contact: Matt O'Donnell, SCOE Technology Innovation Specialist | 707-524-8419,

Students Entering the Film FestivalSonoma County's finest student filmmakers, grades 1 to 12, will walk the red carpet Monday, March 14 at 3rd Street Cinema in Santa Rosa before they show off the movies they created at the second annual Five-Minute Film Festival.

The festival doors open at 5:00pm, but seating is reserved for parents and teachers of the selected films due to size of the theater.

"The event is an exciting opportunity for students to demonstrate learning in a 21st century context and showcase their work in front of a community audience," said Matt O'Donnell, technology innovation specialist at the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE). He coordinates the event. This year's top entries included one elementary school girl's portrayal of the rhythms of her little sister's daily life; a humorous but scientific take by a middle schooler on the day in the life of a cow; and a high schooler's poetic portrayal of the artistic process.

To participate, students grades 1 to 12, from 16 diverse Sonoma County schools — created and submitted short videos. The videos were no more than five minutes long and centered on the theme of “Patterns.” Schools selected and submitted their five best films, for a total of 94 submissions across the county. The top 15 films will be shown at Monday's screening, which is designed to mirror the Oscars with a red-carpet entry and special seating for the filmmakers. Student work will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges.

"The purpose of the film festival is to get students to create multimedia for their academic classes and we hope they will continue to do so as a way to show understanding and creativity throughout the year," O'Donnell said.

To learn more about this year's event, please visit To read about last year's debut festival and see the winning films from 2015, click here.

Playbill for the 2016 Five Minute Film Festival:

A Day of Patterns with Heather - by Johnna Schubert and Heather Schubert | Oak Grove Elementary
LEGO: Pattern of Life - by Quinn Roan and Luke Cervera | Oak Grove Elementary
Mandalas - by America Arguelles, Anthony Espinoza, Dillan Jocius, Edwin Cruz, Evan Behrens, Griffin Longton, Hailey Uribe, Ireland Heyfron, Isabella Dunlap, Katelyn Filben, Laysha Leyva, Logan Schultz, Lukas Brennan, Max Hansen, Mia Moo, Milo Kluse, Noah Wong, Serena Dimas, Silan McAllister, Sloane Aliotta-O'Looney, Sol Rodriguez, and Tyler Velasquez | Healdsburg Charter School
Patternless - by Santia de Paolo | Oak Grove Elementary
Stripes and Spots Adventure - by Kitzia Estrada Gudinez, Valeria Torres Corona, Jaiden Jones, and Sophia Cortez Torres | Roseland Creek Elementary

The Amazing Cow Cam -by Blake Macheras, Kaden Anderson and Kieran Douglass | Willowside Middle School
Black & White - by Antonio Rios Soto | Rincon Valley Charter School
Generations Intertwined - by Gwendolyn Mary Grace Phair | Orchard View
Mandala Project - by the students of room 24, Kawana Academy of the Arts and Sciences
Patterns Dimension - by Leslie Huerta, Mickey Arciga Bruno, Andrew Pham and Maurice Parker | Roseland Creek Elementary

A Process - by Veronica Cargay, Gerardo Sanchez, Courtney Chandler and Emily Ercolini | Windsor High School
Branching Structures - by Barrett Benziger, Henry O'Donnell, Sasha Fong and Emma Barton | Maria Carrillo High School
Climate Change: A Pattern of Destruction - by Antonia Bartz, Lindsay Kearney, Tia Furness and Kelly Facto | Maria Carrillo High School
Code Blue: Not Every Life Can Be Saved - by Ackshey Dhar, Adam Dvorak, Ian Strachan and Tucker Fish | Maria Carrillo High School
Violence in a Generation - by Cheloy Gonzalez, Katie McUgh, Indiana DiFrancesco and Shayna Kubiche | Windsor High School