Tenth Annual Shortie Awards Now Includes ShortieCon

FALLS CHURCH, VA – The Shortie Awards: International Film & News Festival introduces new student and teacher workshop sessions, partnerships and a brand new festival location to celebrate its tenth year.

The Shortie Awards celebrate and promote the power of young filmmakers to create, collaborate, and communicate their stories to the rest of the world.

For the first time, The Shortie Awards features ShortieCon, a series of workshops for educators interested in incorporating filmmaking in the classroom and for students interested in filmmaking. ShortieCon will be held at the Art Institute of Washington in Arlington, VA on June 4 and 5.

A branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, The Art Institute of Washington prepares students for careers in the visual and practical arts.

The conference schedule includes:

Saturday, June 4 (Teacher Conference)

8:00-9:00am Registration and Teacher Networking
9:00-10:30am Welcome/General Session (Keynote Speaker)
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45-12:00pm Teacher Workshop 1
12:00-1:00pm LUNCH
1:00-2:15pm Teacher Workshop 2
2:15-2:30pm Break
2:30-3:45pm Teacher Workshop 3

Sunday, June 5 (Student Conference)

8:00-9:15am Student Registration / “’Poster’ Session” / Peer 2 Peer Sharing
9:15-10:30am Student Workshop 1
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00pm Student Workshop 2
12:00-1:00pm LUNCH
1:00-2:15pm Student Workshop 3
2:15-2:30pm Break
2:30-5:00pm The Shortie Awards Film Festival / Awards Presentation

The Shortie Awards film screening and award ceremony will be held Sunday, June 5 in the Dome Theatre at the Artisphere in Arlington, VA from 2:30-5 PM.

The Shortie Awards is a free-to-enter festival which recognizes original digital media production created by youth film makers, ages 7 to 18, and by K - 12 teachers. The festival focuses on nurturing imagination and choice making in students and is one of the only competitions in the world to provide expert analysis and critique to each entrant.

Filmmakers may submit their films individually, as a group, or as a whole class. Films may be no longer than 10 minutes in length and may be fact or fiction. Students 7-18 are eligible, as well as teachers in Live Action (narrative, experimental, music video, or other), Documentary, PSA, Animation (stop-motion, claymation, machinima, digital, or other) or Daily News Broadcast.

Films must be submitted by April 1, 2011 by 5 PM EST. For information for how to submit, please visit www.shortie.org. Questions can be sent to: [email protected].

Partners of The Shortie Awards in 2011 are: Arlington Independent Media and the Arlington Youth Film Festival, Women in Film and Video, Pendragwn and the Pendragwn Youth Film Festival, SchoolDocs (part of SilverDocs) and Gandhi Brigade.

The 2010 festival attracted nearly 450 films created by 3,000 student and teacher film makers from 20 states and 11 countries. Winners and finalists hailed from India, Hong Kong, and the UK as well as Minnesota, Utah, and Virginia.

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Falls Church, VA 22042


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