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Project VoiceScape Looks for Young Filmmakers To Support

Middle school and high school students have an opportunity to receive mentoring and funding for their digital filmmaking projects. The Adobe Foundation and PBS have teamed up to launch Project VoiceScape, which will select 15 documentary works to support with cash, publicity, and one-to-one guidance from professional filmmakers.

The program is asking students in grades 7 through 12 to submit a film proposal on any topic that will "get people talking" and that takes a "fresh and creative approach to filmmaking." Those 15 individuals selected to participate in the program will receive:

  • $2,000 for the completion of their documentary;
  • Publicity, including streaming of the video on the PBS POV Web site and possible broadcast in the POV Short Film Showcase;
  • Individual mentoring from professional filmmakers; and
  • Training on how to promote and raise funds for movies.

The deadline for submissions is Jan. 14. A ceremony will be held in June in Washington, DC to honor those selected for the program.

Further information about Project VoiceScape, including an online application, can be found here.

In other Adobe Foundation news, the organization has partnered with DonorsChoose.org to "provide schools with resources that will help youth create and exhibit media projects." Twenty-five school projects are being singled out for funding, each one focused on a different aspect of creative digital media production, from still photography to video production. Most of the schools at which the projects originate are classified as "high poverty" schools, where 40 percent or more of the student body qualifies for free or reduced-price lunches. Further information on the projects can be found here.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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