Two schools Place in UIL Young Filmmakers Festival

Cypress, TX (March 3, 2016) Students from Cypress Creek and Cypress Ranch High Schools placed second in their respective animation categories of the 2016 State UIL Young Filmmakers Festival, held March 2 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin.

A total of 786 videos were submitted for the festival this year, including 189 animation pieces. Students from five CFISD schools were among the finalists in the four Division 2 categories.

Cypress Creek High School senior Eric Estepp placed second in the Division 2 Digital Animation category for his film, Sparks Fly.

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Eric Estepp with UCTV teacher Jana Bulloch

“UCTV would not function without Eric Estepp this year. From his first day in class, he has created absolutely phenomenal work on a consistent basis, largely on his own,” said Jana Bulloch, UCTV director. “He has almost singlehandedly overseen production of the new ‘This Week at Creek’ show this year, and is always the last to leave when work must be done. He’s one of the most dedicated and talented students that I’ve ever had, and his future career will be the stuff of legend. I have unlimited pride in his achievement, his confidence in his own vision and abilities, and his continuing to just be a great guy. Eric is the best, and I’m thrilled that state UIL has acknowledged it!”

Cypress Ranch High School seniors Cole Andrews, Brett Bellamy, Daryn Crowninshield and Alex Dave placed second in the Division 2 Traditional Animation category for their film, blue.

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Alex Dave, Daryn Crowninshield, Brett Bellamy, Cheryl Bradford (sponsor), and Cole Andrews

A complete list of finalists and winners with links to videos is available on the UIL website at

Courtesy of the District