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The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (#HSDFF) will kick off Student Selects this year on October 12 - 13!

Students will learn video techniques, how to win scholarships, how to become eligible for film festivals and network broadcast (great additions to college applications), how to win cash prizes and meet industry professionals!  Educationally, student filmmakers and broadcast students will have two-day opportunity to be a part of an iconic festival where they will experience the power of the documentary as an art form. To sign up, contact Casey Sanders at csanders@aetn.org.

We will also screen several Arkansas student documentaries (selected films to be announced soon) and hosting incredible national instructors including Lisa Leeman. Lisa is from USC's School of Cinematic Arts and has taught master classes on documentary filmmaking in China, Portugal, Jordan, the West Bank, Malawi, and the Republic of Georgia.  In addition to Sundance's Filmmakers' Trophy, honors include an Emmy nomination and the once-in-a-lifetime American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Grant. 

More details to come soon.  There will be additional presenters and hands-on workshops supporting your classroom curriculum. Here is a quick breakdown of the schedule:

Monday, October 12
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Student Workshops
National Presenters + Hands-On Workshops

6 p.m.  Student and VIP Pass Event/Reception 

Tuesday, October 13
10:00 a.m. The AETN Student Selects screening at the Arlington Hotel
Open to the general public.  

11:15 a.m. Romeo is Bleeding screening

AND…

GHOSTS, BLOOD AND ZOMBIES, a Student Selects Halloween special will BROADCAST just in time for Halloween! This will feature murder, mystery, zombies, ghosts and other spooky student films on Friday, October 30th at 10pm and Saturday, Oct. 31 at Midnight (ok, officially Nov. 1 @ 12:00 a.m.)! 

Finally, we are now officially accepting submissions for Student Selects 2016!  Click the HOW TO ENTER tab above for more details!

Spring Creek Festival (includes the Orval Thomas Moviemakers Symposium) in Springdale Arkansas is October 15-16.

Congrats to our 2015 Thea Scholarship Winners
  • Reed C. Carson - "A Film On Hate" - Directing
  • Addison Yates - "My Ball" - Cinematography
  • Michael Driskell - "Trapped In The Oven" - Editing
  • Cole Borgstadt - "Go To The Ball With Me, Jenny" - Screenwriting

The Thea Foundation will present the scholarships Tuesday, May 12 immediately following the student film screenings (3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.). Location is the Ron Robinson Theater at 100 River Market Ave, Little Rock.

Student Selects entries accepted into LRFF

For the first time in the nine year history of both AETN Student Selects and the Little Rock Film Festival, high school student filmmakers will be part of the "Made in Arkansas" Competition Lineup Three student films will screen during the 2015 Little Rock Film Festival (May 11 - 17) alongside the best filmmakers in Arkansas

Go here for more info

Deadline Extended

All entries except the Arkansas Historic Places prize are due Wednesday, April 8. Enter and be eligible for...

Student Selects 2015
AETN is now accepting film projects from Arkansas K-12 students. Chosen submissions will be highlighted in a statewide broadcast and streamed online.

$2,500 THEA Foundation Young Filmmaker Scholarship
Categories are Screenwriting, Directing, Cinematography and Editing

Arkansas Historic Places 2015 Student Film Prize
Make a film about any historic site in the state. One film in each of five geographical categories will receive a $100 prize, and an overall winner will receive $200. Entries for this prize are still due March 27.

Little Rock Film Festival YOUTH Program
Attend hands-on filmmaking workshops with industry professionals and student film screenings at the Little Rock Film Festival May 11-17.

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Emerging Filmmakers Program
Student documentary films will be screened, and workshops will be presented on producing compelling nonfiction stories. October 9-18.

Spring Creek and the Orval Thomas Moviemakers Symposium
The festival celebrates the work of students in the arts, including film, broadcast, production and much more. October 15-16.

We're excited to announce our new partnership with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

We have a new prize for student filmmakers in 2015 The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Arkansas Humanities Council, in partnership with AETN, are pleased to announce the Arkansas Historic Film Prize.

The prize honors documentaries made by high school students about any historic site in the state. Films must be between five and fifteen minutes long, and they must be about a historic site (building, archeological site, etc.) that is at least fifty years old.

Winners will be shown during a screening at the Ron Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock, and they will also be considered for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Films are awarded prizes based on geographical locations of the subject matter. There are five categories: the Ozarks, the Ouachitas, the Arkansas River Valley, the Timberlands and the Delta.

Each individual category winner will receive $100, and there will be an overall prize selected from the five category winners, who will receive $200.

If you have any questions about the Arkansas Historic Film Prize and/or Student Selects in general, contact AETN Producer Casey Sanders at 501-682-4190 or csanders@aetn.org.

Now bring on 2015

AETN Student Selects 2015 - Call For Film Entries

This spring, the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) presents a special student initiative, now in its ninth year, designed to showcase the diverse works of the many talented young filmmakers in Arkansas.

Student Selects 2015

AETN is now accepting film projects from Arkansas K-12 students. 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. Chosen submissions will be highlighted in a statewide broadcast, online streaming and screenings at the annual Little Rock Film Festival and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. AETN encourages all types of submissions The main stipulation is that in all of the submissions students play key roles in the development and production of each project.

THEA Foundation Young Filmmaker Scholarship

AETN's Student Selects 2015 project will again partner with the THEA Foundation to award four $2,500 Young Filmmaker Scholarships to those who enter and qualify. Categories are Screenwriting, Directing, Cinematography and Editing. More information and entry forms can be found under the "How To Enter" tab above.

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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Emerging Filmmakers Program

New to the Student Selects is an exciting partnership with the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Student documentary films will be screened at the festival and workshops presented on the use of digital media tools to produce compelling non-fiction stories.
Oct. 1-19, 2014

Spring Creek and the Orval Thomas Moviemakers Symposium

The Spring Creek Festival is a program of the Jones Center for Families. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the work of students in the arts including film, broadcast, production and much more. Oct. 23 - 25, 2014

Ghosts, Blood and Zombies: A Student Selects Halloween

Get ready to pull out those nitelights It's time for the first ever GHOSTS, BLOOD AND ZOMBIES: A Student Selects Halloween Every year, talented young horror-meisters send in their tales of the supernatural for the Student Selects Young Filmmakers Program. AETN has decided to unleash these blood-soaked flicks onto an unsuspecting public There will be ghost cheerleaders, haunted gyms and maybe even...an undead romance You'll never know what's next

Watch AETN on Halloween night, October 31st at 6:30 p.m. for a half-hour spectacle of the weird, wild and otherworldly If that doesn't chill you to the bone, stay with us that same night at 10:00 p.m. for another whole hour of spine-tingling terror Watch it with the lights off...if you dare

Little Rock Film Festival YOUTH Program

Another exciting component of the Student Selects 2015 project will take place at the Little Rock Film Festival. Arkansas students are invited to participate in hands-on filmmaking workshops with industry professionals and attend film screenings. May 11 - 17, 2015

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STUDENT SELECTS PROMOTIONAL TOOLKIT

The Student Selects Toolkit for Educators is an easy way for you to share this information with your teachers and students. Included in this toolkit: Promotional Poster; Promotional Flyer; Sample feature story for your school newspaper; Ads for your school newspaper; Email blast to send to your teachers and students.

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