Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase

With this year’s competition barely completed, plans are already underway for the 2013 Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase.  This annual event highlights the creativity and talent of the state’s kindergarten through 12th grade students. The program offers young 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.

The deadline for students to submit entries for the 2013 program is April 5, 2013, according to a representative from AETN.  The entry categories include, but are not limited to, documentary, narrative, animation and music videos. A complete list of film credits and information about submission guidelines and entry deadlines are available at Download the program’s flier to get more details about submissions and scholarships.

The 2012 program season concluded with the premiere broadcast of 15 short films on AETN on September 21 and 28.  The student projects each reflected the stunning creativity, ingenuity and diligence of young filmmakers from across the state.

Also, four $2,500 scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors by the THEA Foundation.  Awards were given in the following categories:  screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing.  Winners of the 2012 scholarship competition are:

  • Screenwriting:  Emily Webb, Fayetteville High School, “Colors in White”
  • Directing:  Marcus Menefee, Hot Springs High School, “Ratical”
  • Cinematography:  Jack Carroll, Fayetteville High School, “Colors in White.”
  • Editing:  Harrison Smith, Fayetteville High School, “Colors in White”

“Every single student film entered shows hard work, talent, creativity and promise,” Casey Sanders, AETN producer and Little Rock Film Festival youth and education coordinator, said. “I congratulate the students whose creations garnered them a scholarship and equally applaud each and every entrant for their effort and for participating in the rich and rewarding work of 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 student’s institution of choice, regardless of planned major, grade point average or test scores.

The following short films broadcast this year were:

  • “Colors in White,” Fayetteville High School – A young woman struggles to overcome a life-changing tragedy. Students Emily Webb, Jack Carroll and Harrison Smith won scholarships for screenwriting, cinematography and editing, respectively, for this film.
  • “Time to Forget,” Har-Ber High School, Springdale – While running from his past, a young man finds hope in the future.
  • “Black and White,” Conway High School West – A dramatic music video revolves around a love story set in a hometown neighborhood.
  • “Evolution,” Malvern Junior High School – Follow the path of evolution, with a humorous twist, in this stop-action short that was made entirely with construction paper.
  • “Whitey’s Chicken,” Rogers Heritage High School – A local philanthropist and sports enthusiast is highlighted in this short documentary.
  • “Killing Crime,” Cabot High School – A slapstick comedic short about thwarting an attempted break-in.
  • “Derailed,” Conway High School West – A troubled young man finds it difficult to cope with being ignored in this atmospheric film.
  • “Ratical,” Hot Springs High School – In this surreal short, humans are at odds with a cunning rodent. Marcus Menefee won the directing scholarship for this film.
  • “The Kings in Winter,” Fayetteville High School – Wildlife around the Kings River is the focus of this nature documentary.
  • “A Midwest Story,” Har-Ber High School – A documentary about the Har-Ber High School Orchestra’s involvement in the renowned Midwest music competition.
  • “Untitled,” Springdale High School – Abstract music video art set to amorphous electronic music that represents the confusion and emotions surrounding the end of high school.
  • “Humanimation,” T Tauri Movie Camp, Locust Grove – A short claymation film about the importance of the Humane Society.
  • “Mother,” Fayetteville High School – This film features otherworldly stop motion animation.
  • “The Search,” Homeschool, Little Rock – A girl finds guidance on her journey in this short allegorical film.
  • “The Easy Life of Mr. Rosenauer,” Fayetteville High School – A short documentary follows the drama instructor at Fayetteville High School.

The 2012 entries are posted at  For more information about the program or submissions, interested educators should contact:

Casey Sanders
(501) 682-4190
[email protected]

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