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Posted April 17, 2012

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Students Recognized at Digital Desert Youth Film Festival

Fifth annual event created by Valley High teacher showcases short films by students.

The fifth annual Digital Desert Youth Film Festival, showcasing short films by students from across the state, was held April 13-14 at the South Broadway Cultural Center.

Students submitted dozens of films that were five minutes or less in nine juried categories: music video, documentary, stop motion, animation, drama/action, comedy, commercial and Zombie/horror. The project is the brainchild of Valley High’s Digital Film Production class and its teacher, Abel Abeita, who hosted the city’s first youth film festival five years ago.

Digital Desert Youth Film Festival 2012 from APS in Motion on Vimeo.

“Be a Friend” by Katherine Duffy, La Cueva; “A New Cycle of Jazz,” by Marisa Wickham and Andie Mirabal, Valley.

The APS winners are:


  • Alfonso Archuleta, Valley, third place for “The Hallucination”


  • Jessica Carlton, Volcano Vista, third place for “Homecoming Week” and honorable mention for “A Calculated Risk”


Katherine Duffy, La Cueva, first place for “Be a Friend”

Joseph Baca, Volcano Vista, third place for “Homeless”

Jessica Carlton and Bri Cervantes, Volcano Vista, honorable mention for “Zohra Commercial”


Marisa Wickham and Andie Mirabal, Valley, honorable mention for “A New Cycle of Jazz"


Rachel Scott, Manzano, first place for “Bells”


Jonathan Bardete, Atrisco Heritage Academy, second place for "Class Clown"

For a complete list of winners, visit the Digital Desert Youth Film Festival website.

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