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AETN calls for 2009 student film showcase entries Category created for AETN’s State and National Parks Initiative

Posted 05 Mar 2009

The Arkansas PBS is now accepting entries for "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase," which highlights the creative video works of the states kindergarten through 12th grade students

Student Selects is an annual event that grants these future filmmakers the opportunity to submit their film and video handiwork for possible broadcast on AETN, streaming on and screening at the Little Rock Film Festival.

Over the course of the last three years we have really seen young Arkansans develop and grow their filmmaking skills, Casey Sanders, AETN producer and Little Rock Film Festival youth and education coordinator, said. Its great for students to take things they are learning in the classroom be it history, social studies, art, writing, research, problem solving or technology and apply it to something creative, such as filmmaking.

The process itself is hard work and time consuming, but students, teachers and families are thrilled when they see the final product broadcast and up on the big screen.

Entries will be accepted through Friday, March 20, in categories including, but not limited to:

·        Documentary

·        Narrative (short or full-length fiction film or sitcom, etc.)

·        Animation (hand-drawn, clay animation, MacroMedia Flash, etc.)

·        Short form

·        Short form video diaries

·        QuickTime Internet shorts

·        Music videos

Additionally, a special category has been created this year to highlight the AETN National and State Parks Initiative. Film topics might include a historical perspective of national/state parks, rivers and sites; the current status of Arkansas's parks; the future of the parks; or encouraging Arkansans of all ages to enjoy and conserve the parks.

Arkansas is home to six national parks Hot Springs National Park, Buffalo National River, Little Rock Central High National Historic Site, Fort Smith National Historic Site, Arkansas Post National Memorial and Pea Ridge National Military Park as well as 52 state parks.

The AETN initiative has developed in conjunction with Ken Burns next film, The National Parks: Americas Best Idea, a 12-hour, six-part documentary that premieres in September. AETN is planning a yearlong celebration of Arkansass national and state parks to accompany the film.

The primary requirement for submission is that students play key roles in the development and production of each project.

Anyone interested in submitting films for the showcase should visit for complete rules. Past entries are also available for viewing at the site. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Casey Sanders at 501-682-4190 or

Winning entries will be aired on AETN and posted to in an effort to extend the life of the films and allow people everywhere to access the work.

AETN will also host a youth filmmaking workshop and screening of student films at the Little Rock Film Festival in May. The daylong event will include sessions with professional filmmakers and be geared toward new filmmakers and those ready to begin distributing their work.

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