Shepaug Valley School in Washington’s digital media class recently won first place with their fictional short “The Woods.”

Students Erik Quist, Josh Jordan, Katie Lecher, Tia Phon, Jake Lowe and Alicia Crossley were recognized May 13 at the Connecticut Student Film Festival at the Oakdale Theater.

The film was in the category “90 live action narrative.”

This is the first time Shepaug has won an award at the film festival.

In addition, the digital media communications and video club participants had two other films - a 90-second anti-smoking PSA and another 90-second fictional short, “Journey of a Letter” - make it to the top three and were screened at the event.

More than 150 film submissions throughout the state were submitted.

Region 12 has a new, state-of-the-art video production studio and editing lab that is in full production mode with projects involving students from elementary through high school.

In the classroom, Shepaug offers two dedicated digital media movie making classes that teach all steps in the video production process.

Students learn various genres including student news, documentaries, fictional shorts and public service announcements.

Students have an authentic audience for their work through the Region 12 YouTube Channel and the cable access Channel 194 on Charter Communications.

Currently in rotation in the broadcast schedule are public service announcements, live action narratives, news packages and more.