AETN Student Selects at the Hot Springs Film Festival

In partnership with the Arkansas Education Television Network (AETN), the festival hosts hands on filmmaking workshops for junior high and high school students. The program immerses students in the documentary form as they work in small groups led by professional filmmakers to plan and implement their own productions.

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Emerging Filmmaker Program Schedule:

DAY 1: Monday, Oct 21st

9:00AM-11:00AM Students attend screening of MAKING WAVES and Q&A with top sound designers.

11:00AM-12:15PM Hands-on Master Class

12:15-12:45 LUNCH (Provided by HSDFF)

1:00-2:00PM AETN Student Selects Screening

DAY 2: Thurs, Oct 24th

9:00AM-11:00AM Students attend screening of RUNNER and Q&A with Olympic Marathoner Guor Marial.

11:00-12:00PM Sports Storytelling Master Class with Justin Darling producer of ESPN's Being Brent Bilema and the current ESPN series "Miles to Go" following Les Miles’ first season with Kansas football . Miles, athletic director Jeff Long and the Jayhawks are the subjects of an 18-part documentary-styled series tracking the head coach’s inaugural season in Lawrence.

12:00-1:30PM HSDFF Screening of Sport Short Films

AETN Student Selects 2019 Broadcast

"Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase," featuring must-see films made by students from across Arkansas, featuring comedies, dramas, and historical films will air Sunday, Oct. 13, at 10 p.m.

Films include in order of appearance:

  • "Film Essay" – Har-Ber High School, Springdale.
  • "All in My Head" – Fayetteville High School.
  • "Fixing the Ford" – Little Rock Central High.
  • "Coding" – Springdale District TV.
  • "Defunct" – Fayetteville High School.
  • "Stamp Out Smoking" – Springdale District TV.
  • "The Missing Cake" – Lakeside Intermediate School, Hot Springs.
  • "Ordained to Train" – Lakeside High School, Hot Springs.
  • "Stick Figure" – Rogers Heritage High School.
  • "Lost and Found" – Fayetteville High School.
  • "The Sewer" – Springdale High School.
  • "Salmonella Squad" – Lakeside Middle School, Hot Springs.
  • "Old State House: Isaac Murphy" – Fayetteville High School.
  • "Film Essay" – Har-Ber High School, Springdale.

A second "Student Selects" special, "Ghosts, Blood & Zombies 5," featuring the most frightening and hair-raising films for Halloween, will air Sunday, Oct. 27, at 11:30 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 31, at 10:30 p.m.

About Student Selects

The Arkansas PBS'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 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 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 to learn more.

Screenings and Workshops

For middle school and high school students, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) and the Arkansas PBS (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