PARIS – The stars and their excited fans came out by the hundreds on May 5 at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School for the fourth annual M’iMovie Film Festival.

One hundred and forty-three student filmmakers arrived by limousine, navigated the paparazzi and walked the red carpet into the auditorium to see who would win this year’s coveted awards. The 23 submitted films, ranging in subject matter from French fries to Shakespeare, were judged in the following categories: grades kindergarten through three, grades four and five, grade six, grades seven and eight and independently made.

This year all movies were shown on NPC-TV and at two screenings at the high school before the festival, with first-place winning movies shown the night of the festival itself.

The M’iMovie Film Festival Band, composed of Oxford Hills School District music teachers Megan Andrews-Wright, Ethan Wright, Bob Tifft and Jim Hamalianan, and emcee John Williams added to the excitement of the evening.

Superintendent Mark Eastman opened the festival, speaking on film from Universal Studios in Florida. He introduced the four festival directors: Jim Burke, Nancy Hohmann, Richard McIntosh and Cara Maloney.

All filmmakers were recognized for their work and received certificates of participation. The first-place films in each category were: kindergarten through three, “The Lady with the Alligator Purse”; grades four and five, “Roman’ through Pompeii”; grade six, “The Black Plague”; grades seven and eight, “Nordic Skiing vs Alpine Skiing”; and independent, “A La Gare.”

The “Otterson Award, ” or “Best in Show,” named in honor of Mark Otterson, was presented by Karl and Sam Otterson to Lucas Newcomb, the creator of “A La Gare.” Students are already looking forward to next year’s festival.

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