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 AZVA graduate Holly Milosevich in her film Birthday Static.

For many students, high school is a time to find new ways to express themselves. Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) recent graduate Holly Milosevich uses film and music to show her artistic side, and was awarded Honorable Mention for one of her films at the 2016 Prescott Film Festival last weekend.

Holly’s metaphoric short film, titled Birthday Static, played at the festival in the Student Short Film Program on July 24. The film is an abstract story about a girl who turns 18, but no one attends her birthday party. You can view Birthday Static here.

“AZVA has definitely impacted my filmmaking by giving me time to focus on it with a flexible schedule,” said Holly, a resident of Gold Canyon, Arizona. “You can choose your own pace and schedule, and that has allowed me to focus on my music and film projects.”

Holly has been interested in filmmaking from a young age, and she has placed in many film competitions, including second place at the Arizona Student Film Festival in April for Birthday Static.

In addition to short films, Holly creates music videos to go along with the songs she sings and writes, and posts them on her YouTube channel, Holiday Detroit.

The technological aspect of AZVA has also benefitted Holly, as she is able to use film software on the new computer she got for use while at AZVA. In addition, Holly appreciated her teachers’ accessibility and willingness to help.

“My teachers at AZVA were very helpful and guiding, and they made my schoolwork an enjoyable experience. The coursework was challenging, but not so much that I didn’t enjoy it,” Holly said.

Holly hopes to eventually attend Northern Arizona University to study film and/or computer science.

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