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White House Will Sponsor Film Festival This Friday– For Students

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Just when we thought the White House was cutting back on screenings, now this: President Obama is sponsoring a film festival at the White House with the American Film Institute. The White House Film Festival will not be like Sundance or Cannes. But on Friday, short films made by K-12 students on the subject of technology in education will be screened. Obama will deliver opening remarks.

The American Film Institute announced today its collaboration with the White House on its first-ever film festival.  With President Obama delivering opening remarks on February 28, 2014, the White House Film Festival will be held inside the East Room of the White House where the winning short films created by K-12 students on the subject of technology in education will be screened.

“AFI is proud and honored to support the White House in its celebration of tomorrow’s storytellers, “ said Bob Gazzale, President & CEO of AFI in a press release.  “Here they have shown that film and technology will help lead the nation forward – an enduring reminder that movies matter.”

Also from the press release: Last November, the White House announced the first-ever White House Film Festival, a video competition created for K-12 students to create short films on how technology is used in their classroom, the role technology will play in education in the future, and to support learning in key fields such as science, technology, engineering, and math. More than 2,000 videos were submitted and finalists have been invited to the White House for a film festival where they will have their short films screened.

 

 

 

The White House Student Film Festival highlights the Administration’s commitment to getting high-speed Internet connectivity and educational technology into classrooms, and into the hands of teachers trained to take advantage of it.  As part of the event, the President will deliver remarks on his ConnectED goal of transforming American education by connecting 99% of students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years.

 

 

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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