Student Selects 2017

Congratulations to this year's winners!

AETN Student Selects
Official Selections

Thea Foundation Young Filmmaker Scholarship

  • Scriptwriting
    Har-Ber High School
  • Directing
    "A Mother's Love"
    Lakeside High School
    (Hot Springs)
  • Cinematography
    Fayetteville High School
  • Editing
    "Plan C"
    Fayetteville High School

Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Contest

Central High Desegregation 60th Anniversary Student Film Competition

The Arkansas Educational Television Network's "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase" is a program for kindergarten through 12th grade students, created to highlight the bright future of Arkansas's youngest filmmakers. We encourage all types of submissions! Categories include: documentary, narrative (short or full-length fiction film or sitcom, etc.), animation (hand-drawn, Claymation, Flash, stop-motion, etc.) and music videos, but what you submit is only limited to your creativity and imagination. The program, now in its ninth year, premieres chosen films on AETN and on to extend the life of the films and allow people from across the state and beyond to access the work.

Plan to enter your student film into AETN Student Selects and be eligible for amazing opportunities to get your film screened beyond the classroom, compete for scholarships and earn cash prizes!


Thea Foundation Young Filmmaker Scholarships (graduating seniors)

The Thea Foundation is designed to help kids find confidence, self-worth and perspective through creative expression. A $2,500 scholarships is available for each of the following categories: Screenwriting, Directing, Cinematography, and Editing. Scholarships will be awarded to the student's institution of choice, regardless of planned major, GPA or test scores. Complete Rules and Guidelines.

Competitions & Prizes

Arkansas Historic Places Film Prize (Grades 9-12)

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (an Agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage) provides the Arkansas Historic Film Prize for high school students. Sponsored by the AHPP and the Arkansas Humanities Council, the competition honors documentaries made by high school students about any historic site in the state.

A Grand Prize winner will be awarded $1000, a 1st Place winner will be awarded $500, a 2nd Place winner will be awarded $400, a 3rd Place winner will be awarded $300 and a 4th Place winner will be awarded $200 along with trophies and participation certificates. A prize will also be provided by Preserve Arkansas for winning films focusing on properties currently on the Most Endangered Places list. Schools with films being showcased will receive a travel grant of $150 to bring students to the May showing.Complete Rules and Guidelines.

Central High Desegregation 60th Anniversary Student Film Competition (K-12)

The Central High Desegregation 60th Anniversary Student Film Competition is sponsored by the Little Rock Central High National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service. This competition is in honor of the upcoming 60th Commemoration Central High School's desegregation by the Little Rock Nine in September, 1957.

A grand prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the film that best fiction, non-fiction, or animated film that reflects the theme: "Looking Back, Moving Forward, Being the Change I/We Want to See." A 1st place prize of $500 will also be awarded, along with a $400 prize for 2nd Place, a $300 prize for 3rd place, and a $200 prize for 4th place. Complete Rules and Guidelines.


Student Filmmaker Showcase

Selected films will be shown at Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock on May 11, 2017.

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (K-12)

AETN will host youth filmmaking presentations, workshops and screenings of student documentaries at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival's Young Filmmakers Showcase in 2017.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Casey Sanders at 501-682-4190 or