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The White House Student Film Festival 2016 Finalists:
"The World I Want to Live in"
This summer, we invited students from all across the country to submit their submissions for the third annual White House Student Film Festival, themed “The World I Want To Live In.” We wanted today’s youth to tell us what they hoped the future would hold for us — Sci-fi lasers? Flying cars? Yourself as President? — in the form of a short film.
We received thousands of nominations — documentaries, animations, and live animation films alike — depicting all kinds of imagined worlds. Strikingly, few submissions envisioned a technology-driven, science-fiction-esque future. Rather, it seems that this generation of youth are inspired by something much more simple: the dream of a more tolerant, more fair, more environmentally-friendly world. One that is widely inclusive, and contains rich opportunities of access for all.
That’s definitely the kind of world we’d want to live in.
Check out a selection of our 15 finalists, which will be screening as part of our South by South Lawn Festival.
Relive the festival
Directed by William Thomason
A charming, stop-motion Lego animation describing the story of a young woman whose life was changed for the better by Let Girls Learn — and the mission of equal access to education for all.
Directed by Jason Cordis
Takashi Tanemori reflects on his experience as a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing — and how it has helped shape his outlook of the world and our future.
Directed by Breanne Pitt, Kayleigh Hendy, Roxanne Edel, Lydia Hagen, Sierra Wilson
A satirical news broadcast that takes place at an indeterminate point in the future reveals some significant — and humorous — ways our world has changed.
Directed by Sophia Tomlinson, Sofia Derk
A tough first day at a new school teaches a nine-year-old girl an important lesson about the type of world she wants to live in.
Directed by Catherine McCord
A dad’s letter to his son shares memories of their lives together — and his hopes for how his son will be able to create a better future.
Directed by Nurnashrah Hana Mohd Reza, Anissa Safiyya Mohd Reza
A young girl who, quite literally, dreams up the perfect world for herself — one in which she is accepted, without prejudice, by everybody around her.
Directed by Sara Hills, Johnathan James Abrolat, Ira Kailen Clark, Christian Aaron Settles
A young man goes for a walk through his hometown neighborhood, reflecting on his hopes for a cleaner, greener world.
Directed by Mackie Mallison, Finnigan Hawley-Blue, Khiarica Rasheed, Dylan Palmer
A powerful, spoken-word meditation on creating a world without racism.
Directed by Jane Brandt
Two best friends realize on how their conceptions of an ideal world have changed over the course of a lifetime of friendship — and that they will always accept each other.
Directed by Ezra Anteneh, Mateos Anteneh, Noelle Anteneh, Ashey Anteneh
A family gathering over pizza turns into a mission to do good.
Directed by Jeeyoon Lee
An animated reflection on the importance of equal education and opportunity.
Time For Change
Directed by Leanne Elizabeth Caldejon, Angel Marie Velasquez, Jevonne JaLaarl Davis
Directed by Sophie Huang
Wishing For A Different Present
Directed by Stephanie Dong, Jessie May Chen, Alan Israel Ruiz Cantu
Road To Unity
Directed by Fez Zafar
The World I Want To Live In: Letters & Numbers
Directed by Tony Evans, Dnate McFallo, RangDzin-Elsa Haga-McFallo
Remember The Past, Transform The Future
Directed by Layne Lindroth, Jan Gierlach, Kimberly Kazanowski
Breaking The Glass Ceiling
Directed by Ivy Chan
Directed by Isaiah Bernard Ferguson
Directed by Qingyu Meng, Brian Meng
Tribe Of One
Directed by Reigna Wren
Don’t Tell Me
Directed by Nayeli Ramirez, Angela Ramirez, Leah Young, Ti’Asia Boner
Directed by Jeremiah Bolder, Ellary Cooper, Xander Wynn
Directed by Marco Towain Clark
A Girl’s Right to Education
Directed by Nathalie Cabrera Hernandez, Nicoles Anyelis Rosario Reynoso, Justin Leo Rivera, Matthew Samuel Lennox Smart, Faeyah Muhammad, Samia Uddin