Second White House Student Film Festival Set for March 20-21

The White House, the American Film Institute and Participant Media’s Teach campaign have announced that the second annual White House Student Film Festival will be held March 20 and 21 in Washington, DC.

The festival will include screenings of 15 films selected from more than 1,700 submissions by K-12 filmmakers on the theme of “The Impact of Giving Back.” The March 20 event inside the White House East Room will be streamed live at http://www.WhiteHouse.Gov/Live.

The festival will continue at the Newseum on March 21 with encore screenings of the selected films as well as additional finalists, break-out sessions with motion picture professionals, mentorship opportunities and workshops.

Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO noted that the AFI was launched in 1965 at the White House. “Fifty years later, we continue to look to the future, and we are proud to do so in partnership with the White House – as we encourage the next generation of storytellers to share their tales well told,” he added.

Participant Media’s Teach campaign is inspired by Davis Guggenheim’s documentary film “Teach,” which will be screening at the festival. The Teach campaign encourages young students to give back by pursuing a career in teaching, and highlights the positive impact our nation’s teachers have on future generations.

“We’re honored to be a part of the White House Student Film Festival this year and to be collaborating with such an influential educational arts organization like the American Film Institute,” said Jim Berk, CEO of Participant Media.

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