Milton Trio Honored at Hotchkiss Festival
by Iladro Sauls on Friday, May 17th, 2013
On April 20th, Arooshee Giroti (III), Neekon Vafa (III), and Yoav Segev (III) won the award for the best film at the 2013 Hotchkiss Film Festival for their film “The True Story of ‘The Iliad’”, originally created for their Moving Image class.
According to the contest’s official website, two students at Hotchkiss first established the festival in 2012 in the hope that the Hotchkiss Film Festival could “provide a channel for young filmmakers to have the opportunity to showcase their works, make connections outside their schools, and possibly to contribute to the film industry in the future.” An esteemed panel of judges, including former Hotchkiss film educator Robert Haiko, actor/director Chris Eigeman, filmmaker Harry Bainbridge, and producer Chandler Tuttle, selected the four-and-a-half-minute work from seventeen eligible short films. The entries included two other films by Milton students, “Lonely Day” by Johanna Ebers (I) and Jack Curtin (I) and “DJCKIZZLE” by Jeremy Gunn (II).
The True Story of ‘The Iliad,’ a silent film, explores the anonymous friendship between Arooshee and Neekon. Communicating only through messages left in a copy of the Greek classic The Iliad, Arooshee and Neekon become fast friends and then search for each other in real life.
When asked about his reaction to winning the award, Neekon shares, “Honestly, I was really surprised!” Mr. Fuller, he says, asked all of the students in class if they were interested in submitting a short work to the Hotchkiss Film Festival. “[Arooshee] and I had each done about five films this year, and this was the one we had in common,” Vafa says. Yoav Segev joined the pair in editing the film in post-production. The trio decided to send their work to be considered for the festival, and weeks later, the group received an email from the festival committee, congratulating them on their movie’s admittance.
The 2nd annual Hotchkiss Film Festival brought together high school filmmakers from throughout New England to convene and share their works with one another. Submissions to the festival were unique and varied, ranging from sentimental documentaries to low-budget horror flicks. Upon learning that they had won the most prestigious award of the night, the trio was in disbelief: “I didn’t think it would win,” said Yoav. “I was shocked, but it was really cool when I heard [the news].”
Successful or not, the three students’ ultimate goal was for their audience to experience their film in different ways. They avoided “forced symbols or interpretations” which would have made the work artificial. Yoavs says, “It was supposed to be an easygoing story about two teenagers and the development of their relationship.”
The three students appreciate the recognition for their hard work and hope that the audience enjoy watching the film—the same enjoyment that the trio felt in creating it.
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