AISD Film Festival Showcases Student Skills, Creativity

AISD Film Festival Showcases Student Skills, Creativity
Posted on 04/17/2016

Film Festival

Lights, Camera, Action! … Students get chance to explore the magic of filmmaking.

The school district hosted its first Student Film Festival. The contest is an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to compete and develop short videos.

More than 25 students submitted entries. The young filmmakers could compete in two categories: Narrative (fiction) and Documentary (nonfiction). The contest was open to students in Grades 7 through 12. Fifth and sixth grade students were not eligible to compete. However, they could take part by submitting films to exhibit.

Event organizers announced the festival in the fall semester. To compete, students had to commit by January. Students had to post their films on YouTube by the deadline. This year, the deadline was set after spring break.

The films were adjudicated by a panel of eight judges from the district. The panel determined the top three finalists in each category.

Organizers used UIL student film standards as an initial guide. Students had to use their own equipment or school equipment. Festival Committee members could not provide equipment to the students. Films could not be longer than seven minutes.

Aldine ISD Student Film Festival

  • Engages students to bring storytelling to life.
  • Encourages student voice.
  • Gives students the opportunity to share their artistic and technical skills with the community.
  • Student filmmakers will work with filmmaking equipment, collaborate with peers and mentors, and realize their own artistic vision.
  • Encourage students to produce and submit original short films.

The community also got chance to vote online for their favorite film. The People’s Choice Award would go to the student who racked up the most votes from peers, parents and staff. A link to the voting site was posted on the district’s Facebook page in late March.

Awards Night took place April 8 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center. Individuals unable to attend could watch the event online. Broadcast journalism students at Davis High School streamed the Awards live via YouTube.

Bui Ngyuen provided technical support. Bui is director of technology Web services.

The Davis journalism students also gave the young filmmakers the star treatment. Jeisel Tobias from Davis served as the red carpet interviewer. Jeisel forms part of the student-led Aviator Online broadcast program at the campus.

Dr. Sara Ptomey opened the evening with a brief introduction about the film festival. Akilah Willery and Grace Bui emceed the event. They acted as cohostesses. Ptomey is assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. Willery is program director of instructional technology. Bui is a senior student attending Davis High School.

The evening’s program lineup included six program selections from budding film makers. Attendees got to view the films before the emcees named the winners.

To learn more about the festival, the winners, and to see pictures of the event, visit