Nearly 50 years ago, the American Film Institute (AFI) was born in the White House Rose Garden. Standing just outside the Oval Office, President Lyndon Johnson spoke to the need to bring together “leading artists of the film industry, outstanding educators, and young men and women who wish to pursue the 20th century art form as their life's work.”
Since that day, new tools and platforms have allowed remarkable voices of a new generation to speak with this art form, and we are proud and honored to partner with the White House in encouraging the young people of America to tell their inspiring tales.
It is in this spirit that I am happy to announce that submissions are now open for the second-ever White House Student Film Festival -- open to U.S. students, grades K-12. The theme of the festival this year is "The Impact of Giving Back." Short films entered into this year’s festival should offer a take on that topic, and be no longer than 3 minutes.
The American Film Institute is proud to once again collaborate in this unique film fest, which highlights both the Obama administration’s commitment to public service and AFI's ongoing mission to nurture the next generation of filmmakers.
For official rules and to see where and how to submit a film, head to WhiteHouse.gov/FilmFest. Looking for a little inspiration? Take a look at the official selections from last year's inaugural White House Student Film Festival, when the theme was the power of technology in education.
Think about what making a difference looks like to you, and show us through your lens. It can be a fictional story or a short documentary. There are so many ways to illustrate this year’s theme; think about mentorship, community service, the future of giving back, the power of compassion, accessing higher education -- the list goes on. We can’t wait to see what you make!