Their films were among 10 3MM winners shown at Seattle International Film Festival on May 16, 2015, in a program sponsored by The Seattle Times and SIFF.

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Rhys Kroehler’s film “Some Things Just Can’t Be Replaced” has been named the grand-prize winner of the 2015 3-Minute Masterpiece digital filmmaking contest, co-presented by The Seattle Times and Seattle International Film Festival.

Kroehler’s short movie, which depicts a rivalry between a piece of paper and a computer, was shown Saturday at a free public screening of this year’s 3-Minute Masterpieces at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Also, a J. Michael Rima youth award was granted to Ryan Cass’ “Stand Up for Yourself,” a whiteboard-animated study on the theme of bullying.

Nearly 100 entries were received for this year’s contest, and 10 of those were selected to be shown at Saturday’s screening. All 10 winners can now be viewed at

Kroehler, a student at Shorecrest High School, won a full-series pass to SIFF 2015; Cass, an Inglemoor High student, took home a six-pack of individual festival tickets. Both of their films will be shown again at this year’s festival, which continues through June 7 at multiple venues. For full festival information, go to