Friday, September 4th, 2009

The Morris County School of Technology Academy for Visual & Performing Arts recently garnered the top high school award in the 35th New Jersey Young Film & Videomakers’ Festival.

The Sci-Fi Movie, produced by the Multimedia Class of 2010, was among nearly 100 films and videos competing and was the only Morris County winner among 24 middle school, high school, college and independent works chosen for the festival’s annual multi-state tour.

The winning students include Emily Pellegrino of Wharton; Steven Donahue and Dallas Kennedy of Denville; Jori Schwartz and Jamie Loder of Rockaway Township; Joey DeGroot and Amanda Hecht of Boonton; Emily Miller of Bloomingdale; Henry Montesano III of Parsippany; Alexandra and Tracey Landau of Florham Park; Jeff Marczak of Roxbury; David DeGregori of Mendham; Andrew Smith of Mount Olive; and Deanna Klapischak of Long Valley.

Since its inception, the New Jersey Young Film & Videomakers’ Festival has recognized, celebrated and encouraged emerging student talent in New Jersey. The festival also provides New Jersey’s young video and film artists the opportunity to have their work exposed to and evaluated by professional representatives of the media arts.

The Academy for Visual & Performing Arts is a four-year full-time public arts high school offering a college preparatory curriculum and career training in multimedia, dance and theater arts. Multimedia majors come from throughout Morris County to study digital filmmaking and animation, visual design, acting and technical theatre and to participate in all the publicity and management roles involved in operating an arts production company.

Eighth graders interested in admission to the Academy can find more information at