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Arkansas student films to air on AETN beginning Sept. 7

Posted 07 Sep 2018

The Arkansas Educational Television Network kicks off the school year with "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase," featuring must-see films made by students from across Arkansas, beginning Friday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. "Student Selects" will air in four segments Fridays, Sept. 7-28, at 6:30 each night.

Selections include comedies, family dramas, personal documentaries and historical films. The broadcast also includes films recognized with Thea Foundation Young Filmmaker Scholarships and the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize.

Films to be featured Sept. 7 include:

Films to be featured Sept. 17 include:

Films to be featured Sept. 21 include:

A final episode will air Sept. 28.

This fall AETN Student Selects will also host the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival's Emerging Filmmakers Program. Additional information, submission guidelines, entry deadlines and application forms are available at

"Student Selects," now in its 12th year, 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 Young Filmmakers Showcase and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in October.

High school seniors were invited to compete for $10,000 in college scholarships from the Thea Foundation. Four $2,500 Young Filmmaker Scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors who entered and qualified. This Thea scholarship competition was unique in that it was open to students who attended public, private, charter or home schools, as well as those who have completed their GED. Scholarships were awarded to the student's institution of choice, regardless of planned major, GPA or test scores.

In partnership with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Arkansas Humanities Council, ninth through 12th grade students, including homeschooled students, competed for the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize, which only accepted documentaries about historic sites in the state that were 50 or more years old. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving cultural resources.

The Thea Foundation is a nonprofit, public foundation founded in 2001 by the parents of Thea Kay Leopoulos, Linda and Paul David Leopoulos. The founders and board of directors have adopted the mission of carrying Thea's legacy forward through advocating the importance of art in the development of youth through educational and promotional activities and to encourage individual participation in art through scholarship, partnership and other programs.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. Audiences can also watch on several digital platforms, and members with AETN Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the state of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).