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Fayetteville High’s Sharp wins $2,500 scholarship from THEA Foundation as part of AETN ‘Student Selects’

Posted 26 May 2010

Before I edit a film, I make sure I have read and reread the script several times, just to make sure I know whose story it is, Sharp said. A movies main character needs to retain the focus of his or her audience, and the editor is the one who confirms that.

Student Selects is an annual event that grants these future filmmakers from kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to submit their film and video handiwork for possible broadcast on AETN, streaming on and screening at the Little Rock Film Festival.

New to the competition this year are four $2,500 scholarships, funded by the THEA Foundation, which have been awarded to graduating seniors in the following categories: screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing.

Other winners of the 2010 Student Selects scholarship competition are: Tanner Smith, Manila High School, for screenwriting; Sean Cannon, Searcy High School, for cinematography; and Landry Parks Harlan, Fayetteville High School, for directing.

We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to the hardworking students whose efforts pushed them to the top in each category, and to each and every student who submitted their work for consideration, Casey Sanders, AETN producer and Little Rock Film Festival youth and education coordinator, said. We can sincerely say that all of the students entered show great creativity, talent, and promise, giving us yet another glimpse of rising talents in Arkansas filmmaking!

To compete for scholarships, seniors had to guarantee that they were the sole producer of the selected category. Scholarships will be awarded to the students institution of choice, regardless of planned major, grade point average or test scores.

Winning entries will be posted to

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 Theas 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 Little Rock Film Festival takes place annually each spring in the historic River Market District. The festival showcases the best in narrative and documentary films from around the world and promotes Arkansas filmmakers through a dedicated program of film screenings, panels, workshops and youth programs.

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