About Student Selects

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 twelfth year, premieres chosen films on AETN and on AETN.org 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. Visit TheaFoundation.org for complete rules and to submit your film for a Thea Scholarship.

Arkansas Historic Places Film Prize (Grades 5-12)

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. Visit ArkansasPreservation.com to learn more.

Screenings and Workshops

For middle school and high school students, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) and the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) present a one or two-day, multi-phase workshop that allows young filmmakers to learn more about the genre of documentary filmmaking. Students explore short-form documentary filmmaking as a means of expression and learn how the technical aspects of shooting, sound and editing bring that expression to life.

We screen locally produced student documentaries and professionally produced award winning documentaries. Presenters lead discussions about the films and discuss the different types of traditional and experimental documentary concepts with the students. Experienced filmmakers work with the students to guide them through the development process of moving an idea from inspiration to reality while explaining the unique challenges of producing a non-fiction story. We also give students a hands-on experience with various storytelling methods. Our goal is to help students use filmmaking as a way to explore their world, uncover history, understand culture and express through film the issues important to them. Student workshops and screenings are designed to immerse young filmmakers in the art and craft of the documentary form.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Casey Sanders at 501-682-4190 or csanders@aetn.org.