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AETN's 'Student Selects 2013' premieres Sept. 26

The work of Arkansas's next generation of filmmakers will be showcased in "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase 2013" airing on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Thursday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. The films will repeat as part of AETN Arts Fridays in four, 30-minute segments on Fridays, beginning Sept. 27, at 6:30 each night.

"Student Selects" is an annual event that highlights the creativity and talent of the state's kindergarten through 12th grade students. Young filmmakers submit their film and video handiwork for possible broadcast on AETN and streaming on aetn.org, and graduating seniors may compete for THEA Foundation scholarships in screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing. Nearly 100 entries were submitted in 2012-13.

"'Student Selects' promotes an appreciation for art, improves literacy and computer fluency, and encourages teambuilding and community involvement by fostering the thriving youth film scene in Arkansas," AETN Producer Casey Sanders said. "Filmmaking is not only a fun way to get students more involved in the learning process, but it is also a way for students to find and realize their own voices and visions for the future."

This "Student Selects" broadcast will include:

A second "Student Selects 2013" special, featuring documentary films, will be aired at a later date, following the conclusion of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in October.

September also marks the new 2013-2014 "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase" and Young Filmmakers Scholarship eligibility period. Entry categories include, but are not limited to, documentary, narrative, animation and music videos. A complete list of film credits and information about submission guidelines is available at aetn.org/studentselects. Entries for 2014 must be submitted by March 1 to be considered for scholarships.

AETN supports, highlights and distributes young filmmakers handiwork in cooperation with the Thea Foundation, the Little Rock Film Festival, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the Arkansas Film Commission and the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute.

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