Arkansas student filmmakers, it’s that time of year again! “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” is accepting entries and preparing to highlight the creativity and talent of the state’s kindergarten through 12th grade students.
On top of the chance to have your film broadcast on AETN, you can also choose to compete for Thea Foundation Young Filmmakers Scholarships, the Arkansas Historic Places Film Prize and the new Central High School Desegregation 60th Anniversary Student Film Competition. Winning filmmakers may also receive a special opportunity to see their films screened at the Student Filmmakers Showcase in Little Rock or the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF).
All entries for this year’s competition must be submitted electronically to aetn.org/studentselects or postmarked by Friday, March 31. We’re looking forward to seeing what you create! Entry categories include, but are not limited to, documentary, narrative, animation, Claymation, stop-motion, music videos and PSAs.
If your film is selected as a feature for “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase,” you’ll have the opportunity to see your work featured for broadcast on AETN, streaming on aetn.org and to view at screenings, including the Student Filmmakers Showcase on May 10 and/or the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) in October.
But what about those prizes we mentioned? In addition to the opportunity to be showcased through “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase,” you’ll also have the opportunity to compete for the following scholarships and prizes:
Thea Foundation Young Filmmakers Scholarships
Open to: High School Seniors attending public, private charter or home schools, as well as those who have completed their GED.
Requirements: must meet “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” entry and submission criteria.
Prizes: Four $2,500 scholarships — categories include: screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing. Scholarships will be awarded to the winning students’ institutes of choice, regardless of planned major, GPA or test scores.
Want even more details? Check out the Student Selects website here.
These scholarships are made possible by the generous support of Thea Foundation. Learn more about the foundation’s mission and purpose at theafoundation.org.
Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize
Open to: 9th-12th grade students, including homeschooled students.
Requirements:Films must be documentaries about an Arkansas historic site that is at least 50 years old and must meet “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” entry criteria.
Looking for more specifics? Find the full details on the Student Selects site here.The Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize is generously sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Arkansas Humanities Council.
Central High Desegregation 60th Anniversary Student Film CompetitionOpen to: K-12 students, including homeschooled students.
Requirements: Films should reflect the theme “Looking Back, Moving Forward: Being the Change I/We Want to See in the World,” in addition to meeting Student Selects submission criteria.
The Central High Desegregation 60th Anniversary Student Film Competition is made possible by the generosity of Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service. Learn more about their offerings and services at nps.gov/chsc.
Anyone interested in submitting films should visit aetn.org/studentselects for complete rules for all competitions, to submit entries electronically and to download entry forms for mailed entries. You can also watch past entries online for inspiration! Additional details may be obtained by contacting Casey Sanders at 501-682-4190.