New Global Student Voice Film Festival Calls Upon Students to Effect Change Through Video Storytelling
Partnering with EdTechTeam and WeVideo, the Student Voice Foundation announces its inaugural Global Student Voice Film Festival, empowering students to amplify their voices through film
IRVINE, CA—EdTechTeam, a global network of educational technologists, is pleased to announce its inaugural participation in and sponsorship of the Student Voice Foundation’s Global Student Voice Film Festival, a program
that empowers students ages 5-18 to amplify their voices and flex their creative muscles. The festival gives students across the world an opportunity to share their distinct perspectives through film, while emphasizing how their ideas can have an impact on the world at large. The Student Voice Foundation will announce the winners at International Society for Technological Education (ISTE) conference held in Chicago from June 24th-27th.
Students in grades K-12 were invited to produce a two-minute film focusing on empathy through the theme of “In Another’s Shoes,” but given leeway to interpret the idea as they like. Organizers hope to encourage creativity by prompting students to delve deep into the concept and produce films that could be executed in any number of ways including animation, puppets, stop-motion, silent film, and whatever else the imagination can conjure.
“Inspiring student learning is our sweet spot!” said Jennie Magiera, Chief Program Officer of EdTechTeam. “Since our mission at EdTechTeam is to improve the world’s education systems using the best technology and pedagogy available, we jumped at the chance to sponsor the Global Student Voice Film Festival. We simply cannot wait to honor the winners and all the entrants at the ISTE conference in Chicago! These students should all be very proud of the films they’ve produced.”
Early submissions received from students in February received expert feedback on their work and given the opportunity to resubmit. Judging and evaluation was completed according to the following classifications of entries: Early Ages: 5-9 years old, Middle Ages: 10-14 years old, and Upper Ages: 15-18 years old.
“When students discover their voice, they gain confidence and a momentum to learn and share their ideas,” said Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad, Chief Education Officer at WeVideo. “I believe the world would be a better place if every student could amplify their voice to impact the world.”
Finalists will be invited to ISTE 2018 for the official celebration and screening on Monday, June 25, 2018, in Chicago, where the winners will also be announced.