Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Branch Out with the QYLC 2018

For the fifth year in a row the Bridge Film Festival will be presenting films at the Quaker Youth Leadership Conference in Durham North Carolina on Friday, February 2nd. 

This year the conference is hosted by Carolina Friends School with help from New Garden Friends School. The theme of the conference this year will be "Growing Communities through service and storytelling. A perfect fit!  A selection of films, reflective of the conference theme will be chosen from the Bridge Film Festival YouTube Channel and screened at the event.

Since 1999 the Quaker Youth Leadership Conference has invited six upper school students and two faculty members from Friends Schools worldwide to a three-day gathering of learning, service, worship and fun.  Although the name of the conference is a bit of a misnomer because the vast majority of attendees are not of the Quaker faith, I consider the QYLC to be the preeminent gathering in Friends education.

Each school selects their students in their own unique way. While the students may come from very diverse places, at the conference there is an notable atmosphere of respect and celebration of the individual as well as of our shared values
. If your upper school has not attended this extraordinary event in the past, there is never a better time than now to sign up and join this celebration of community! 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Update: "Quaker Film Course"

Last February, the first Bridge Film Festival entries for 2017 was received from Friends School Mullica Hill with an inspirational letter about how the BFF was influential in a Quaker Studies course. With film advisor and teacher, Jared Valdez's permission, it was included in a post about the experience, "Quaker Film Course"

As fate would have it, the class won a Judges' Choice Award for their Public Service Announcement,  "Be a Friend, Not a Bully."

Head of School, Beth Reaves, presented 7th grade with their trophy and certificates for winning the Judge's Choice Award at the Bridge Film Festival. Congratulations 7th Grade!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Judges' Choice Awards 2017 The Results Are In!


Congratulations to all the filmmakers, advisors and their schools for participating and letting your film speak! Complete evaluations are below. Please enjoy the Judges' Choice Awards 2017 presentation (10:33) of the 18th Bridge Film Festival followed by the awarded films in their entirety. 

Judges' Choice Awards 2017

Documentary Award: Being Other, George 

Narrative Award: Simply Sophie, Tandem Friends School

New Media AwardAn LD Student's Educational Journey, Delaware Valley Friends School

Public Service Announcement Award: Be a Friend, Not a Bully, Friends School Mullica Hill

Spirit of the Festival Award: Mannequin Challenge - Peace and Stewardship, Tandem Friends School