Popular Vote

After spending several months in a slump with no friends in her corner and a tarnished reputation to boot, Autumn Academy’s Student Body President Charlotte St. Germain must clean up her act and assemble a new campaign team in order to win another term against popular yearbook editor Jonathan Grant.

'Popular Vote' stars Springs Christian Academy Grade 5 and 6 students, and is a feature-length film production project directed by an SCA alumnus, where students learned the basics of filmmaking.

'Popular Vote' is the second film in the 'Autumn Academy Trilogy', a series of connected films taking place in the same fictional school.

  • Tope Babalola
    Director
  • Tope Babalola
    Writer
  • Tope Babalola
    Producer
  • Kim Fuller
    Producer
  • Priya D'Souza
    Key Cast
    "Charlotte St. Germain"
  • Dera Okorom
    Key Cast
    "Claire Marshall"
  • Zachary Watts
    Key Cast
    "Jonathan Grant"
  • Riley Derkach
    Key Cast
    "Jacob Kennedy"
  • Alex Desharnais
    Key Cast
    "Rex Simmons / Dex Simmons"
  • Hudson Dyck
    Key Cast
    "Nolan Hoffman"
  • Ariel Waldner
    Key Cast
    "Mackenzie Harrison"
  • Cody Fontaine
    Key Cast
    "Cole Washington"
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Student
  • Genres:
    Family, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 57 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 25, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Springs Christian Academy Red Carpet
    Winnipeg
    Canada
    May 9, 2019
    Official Premiere
Director Biography - Tope Babalola

Tope Babalola is a 22-year-old Manitoban filmmaker. Babalola has always been interested in film, television, and the creative process. At the age of six he began composing short stories, and between the ages of twelve and fifteen published three novels. His venture into filmmaking and editing began around age eleven with filming and editing home videos for personal entertainment. Babalola began to further his interest in film by taking film courses in high school, as well as post-secondary intensive film production programs.

Since 2016, Babalola has been writing, directing, editing, and producing feature-length films with the students of Springs Christian Academy (SCA), with 'Popular Vote' being his fourth feature of this kind. A year prior, he completed SCA’s third feature, 'Benjamin Bartlett', and is currently in production on its fifth, 'Hall Monitors'.

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Director Statement

'Popular Vote' is a project where we push boundaries to see how much we can do with the little we have. With limited camera equipment, a shoestring budget, and well-done and genuinely hilarious performances, our Springs Christian Academy students explore the basics of filmmaking and storytelling, while growing more confident in their own abilities as performers.