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We’re thrilled to announce that registration in the 2009-2010 Young Minds Digital Times Film Competition (YMDT) opens today! The second annual competition presented by KidThrive.org in partnership with Converge magazine is free for students in grades six through 12. We look forward to students around the world joining us to showcase their work! You can find all the details on the competition’s Web site, and learn more through Russell Nichols’s article on YMDT.
The competition features two tracks: Young Filmmakers “Doing Good” and Young Filmmakers Freeform. In the “Doing Good” Track, students are invited to enter music videos or public service announcements interacting with the Students’ Education Proclamation and calling attention to the needs of 21st-century learners. In the Freeform Track, students can enter films on any topic into seven different categories: documentary, short film, animation, music video, one take wonder, non-moving movie and comedic creation.
A Grand Prize Winner from each track receives a prize package to attend the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. First place winners in each category and age division (6-8 grades and 9-12 grades) take home $200 and Judges Choice honorees receive $100. In the Young Filmmakers “Doing Good” Track, the teacher with the most student entries and the school with the most student entries each win $1000.
Competition registration runs through Feb. 19, 2010 with films due by March, 19, 2010. Films enter a three-tiered voting process, beginning with public voting March 23-30, 2010. Winner announcements post May 21, 2010 on the Young Minds Digital Times Web site.
Throughout the competition, this blog will be a resource for news, tips and tricks from the YMDT crew, previous winners, film experts and your fellow students. Check back weekly to keep up on the latest! If you’re interested in sharing your know-how on the blog, contact Amy Strecker, YMDT competition director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome your comments and questions and look forward to seeing more from you!
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