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CHS Students Win Best Screenplay Award for Film

Three Colchester High School media and film students have received the Best Screenplay award for their film’s entry in the Vermont Spring Fifty Hour Film Contest.

Pictured from left to right are senior Jack Leclerc, junior Nate Hodge, and junior Alec Kozlowski.

The film A Stolen Heart was written, filmed, acted, and directed by senior Jack Leclerc and juniors Alec Kozlowski and Nate Hodge. (See the A Stolen Heart at These same talented students won Best Edited Video for Between the Lines last fall. (See Between the Lines at

The Fifty Hour Film Contest, held twice a year, attracts entries produced by some of the top media students and programs from around Vermont, and it is an intense experience. Students receive information about the film requirements, such as the genre, a character, props, and five lines of dialogue that must be included, on a Friday afternoon. The entire film must be written, filmed, and edited for submission by the following Monday morning. The finished film must not exceed nine minutes (excluding titles and credits), and all entries are judged by professionals in the film industry. (For more information, visit

The top films are screened at the Essex Cinemas (, and five awards—Best Screenplay, Best Edited, Best Sound, Best Cinematography, and Best Overall Film—are given.

CHS students have won nine Fifty Hour Film awards since 2006.

Congratulations, Jack, Alec, and Nate!

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