Jan. 12, 2015 Winners Announced for the 2nd Annual Puyallup River Film Festival

Washington Stormwater Center's wining videos


Congratulations to the winning filmmakers at the 2nd Annual Puyallup River Film Festival. The Festival, held December 9th at the University of Washington Tacoma, drew a wonderful audience interested in what is going on in the Puyallup River Watershed, including film makers, community members and representatives from the Festival’s gracious sponsors The Russell Family Foundation.

Films were submitted by a wide range of film makers, ranging from Jason Lee Middle School students to University of Washington Tacoma students to the Washington State University’s Puyallup Research and Extension Center.

Each audience member received a ballot and picked the best submissions in three categories: (1) middle school student, (2) college student, and (3) non-profit organization. Votes were tallied after the event and the winners are (drum roll please…):

Middle School Student Category
Fatima Rangel and Dollar Ganu (Jason Lee Middle School)

College Student Category
Rachel Struck (University of Washington Tacoma)

Non-Profit Organization Category
Lisa Rozmyn, John Serembe and Paul Lovelady (Washington Stormwater Center – WSU Puyallup and UW Tacoma)

Honorable Mentions:
Flood Dangers
Chaz Sipes and Griffin Soper (Jason Lee Middle School)

Four Days in the Woods
Kathy Hall and Lance Cadena (Lesley University)

What is a Watershed?
Victoria Terrill, Savannah Duke, Emma Jacobsen and Kera Dickson (Jason Lee Middle School)

Riparian Restoration – DeCoursey Park Pond Laurie Larson and Jill Wetzel (Washington State University, Puyallup)

Commencement Bay: An End All for the Puyallup River Alex Pellegrini and Taylor Jones (University of Washington Tacoma)

You can view the winning videos and all other entries at

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all those who took the courage to submit their films! The Festival’s organizers at the Puyallup River Outreach Project wish to thank The Russell Family Foundation for their support, and BrieAnna Bales and Paul Lovelady at the University of Washington Tacoma for help in hosting the event.

We look forward to seeing you all next year at the 3rd Annual Puyallup River Film Festival! For assistance in getting started making your own short film to submit next year, please email the Puyallup River Outreach Project at We will even visit you onsite to provide technical assistance or to discuss your ideas!

Get out and film your Puyallup River Watershed!!!