A trailer for the upcoming National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) is live and from the looks of it, this will be one awesome event! The festival will happen on April 25 -28 and will showcase the work of talented film makers from all over the world aged 22 and younger.
Sub Pop Records just announced they are providing scholarships for 3 high school seniors on their way to an accredited college or university. The scholarships are only available to residents of Washington and Oregon. Applicants will need to submit a one page essay on their involvement with music in their community, influences, and plans what he/she would do with the money to progress in their chosen field. There are three scholarships available: one for $6,000, one for $4,000, and one for $3,000. The submission deadline is May 6, 2013.
The Old Firehouse Teen Center and MOHAI are hosting Behind the Lens: A Celebration of Youth Filmmaking. Join the Office of Film + Music, Washington Filmworks, SIFF, NFFTY, and other partners for panels, internship booths, and refreshments. The event is happening in Redmond, Friday, December 9th at 7 p.m.
STG is now accepting applications for the annual Young Songwriter’s Lab for musicians interested in honing their songwriting and lyricism skills. The five day July workshop for youth ages 14 – 22 at The Moore Theatre will incorporate lyrical tips and tools from leading Seattle songwriters, musicians, and hip-hop artists including Jill Wangsgard, Draze, Sue Ennis and more. The kids will be bestowed with creative approaches to lyric writing, music composition, music arrangement, melody, harmony, and music production and essential knowhow about the music industry. Songwriting students will receive tickets to selected shows at The Paramount and Moore Theatres to expand creative perspectives and experience the final product of the writing process. At the end of the summer training program there will be an informal performance at The Moore for friends and family. Financial scholarships to the lab are available so hop to it and get your application in soon. Check out the video of last year’s Young Songwriter’s Lab performance here.
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StudentCam is an annual C-SPAN documentary competition which encourages students to create short films about political and public policy matters. This year’s theme was “Washington, DC, Through My Lens,” which asked middle and high school students to address issues directly impacting their communities. C-SPAN’s Digital Bus came to Salmon Bay School on Friday morning to honor middle school student Leo Pfeifer, who won second prize in their documentary competition this year. The thirteen-year -old’s submission is titled “Homelessness: An American Crisis,” and deals with the homelessness issue on a local as well as national level. It features interviews with local Real Change vendors and unsheltered citizens residing in the Greater Seattle area. Salmon Bay School held a special assembly on Friday morning to honor Pfeifer’s achievement and screen his film. Leo said he plans to donate some of the money from his $1,500 prize and spend the rest on new film equipment so he can continue making movies. Check out his YouTube channel here to watch the prize winning video.
Experience Music Project is seeking new members for the 2010-2011 Youth Advisory Board (YAB). The mission of this program is to connect teenagers to the Northwest’s all ages arts and music scene by giving them an opportunity to be a driving force in EMP’s teen programming. YAB members are invited to create and promote teen programs, work with local musicians and artists, meet other creative types in the community, and help out with Sound Off!, EMP’s annual battle of the bands. Applicants must be high school aged, attend meetings twice a month at EMP and have a basic knowledge of and enthusiasm for music. Members will be expected to commit to serving on the board for 9 months. Apply at the above link.
Through an eyepiece, Jordan Amorasin learned about his homeland for the first time.The son of immigrants never knew about his family’s journey from Laos to America, but a class with the Southeast Asian Men’s Group in Seattle gave him the right to ask. Armed with a camcorder, he interviewed his mother and uncle. Amorasin is one of a couple dozen students who have ended up in the class that meet faithfully every week for a free class offered by Asian Counseling Referral Service. The class gets them to address identity through lessons on history and documentary. “I was surprised he told me his story the way he did,” Amorasin said of his uncle. “I thought he felt obliged to tell me. Instead, he was willing to tell me.”