International Baccalaureate students at Woodrow Wilson compete at a competition in Paris. (Photo from Facebook.)

International Baccalaureate students at Woodrow Wilson were nominated for five awards in their first year competing at an international film competition.

On Jan. 15, students traveled to Paris to compete in the Clash of the Titans film festival. They had 48 hours to write, produce and edit their films, which were shown at a theater near Paris.

Out of 13 teams from around the world, Woodrow’s blue team was nominated in 5 of 8 categories. It missed winning the Best Film award by only two points. Nominees are:

Best Film: WWHS Blue (Gus Arenas, Annabelle Toe, Ashton Bryson, Lugardo Marroquin and Quincy Farris)

Best Directing: Gus Arenas

Best Cinematography: Annabelle Toe

Best Sound Design: Lugardo Marroquin

Best Actress: Sara-Ann Sullivan, from the American School of Paris. (Students from the school’s theater program served as actors in the films. Sullivan, who was assigned to the blue team, was nominated for and won the Best Actress category.)

The trip would not have been possible without the efforts of film teacher Michelle Briggs, who secured almost $18,000 in donations so two teams of students could travel to compete.

“This was a phenomenal showing by our students, and we couldn’t be prouder of them and their talented and dedicated teacher, Michelle Briggs,” Woodrow’s IB program posted on Facebook. “We’re already looking toward 2021 to take another group back to compete.”

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