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23 Days 'till submission deadline!  Oscar-Shorts this Saturday, Focal Point 2016 & Teacher of the Year Nominations 

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Oscar Shorts this Saturday!  Teacher-of-the-Year Nominations, Festival News & Judging on March 19th

DAFT's John Prusak judges at entry from Royal Oak High School at the Orchard Lake Film Festival, Friday February 5th.
February 10, 2016
Happy Wednesday, Friends of DAFT!

23 Days to Submit Entries!!


Congratulations to the Orchard Lake Film Festival on a great day of workshops and screenings last Friday.  DAFT's Kurty Mayry, John Prusak and Kevin Walsh were all honored to be judges as we saw some amazing student work.  

We're quickly approaching the March 4th deadline for submissions for the Michigan Student Film Festival so please encourage your students and teachers to check out the criteria for judging at our festival page.  Big thanks to MPI and Specs Howard who are donating full-scholarships as prizes!

We also would love to have friends of DAFT join us for a full-day of judging in Southfield on Saturday, March 19th--more info below and at this link

Lots of news below, including tomorrow's February 11th deadline for nominating a Digital Arts and Film Teacher of the Year!.

Kevin Walsh
DAFT President
walsh@daftonline.org
Reserve Your Spots for Focal Point 2016 - July 11-15
 
Presented by DAFT and Royal Oak Schools, The Focal Point Video Workshop provides an intensive, hands-on video study for adults and mature high school students. In one week participants will work with video from concept to finished product. Award-winning media educators John Prusak and Michael Conrad will be your facilitators.

All skill levels are welcome and course work can be geared to accommodate specific interests and needs.  More information including registration and a video of last year's highlights at this link.
DAFT and the DIA's Detroit Film Theatre
We are proud to continue our great relationship with the DIA's historic Detroit Film Theatre.  In addition to the April 23rd Michigan Student Film Festival, DAFT has also been invited to participate in the following great events.  Look for our blue DAFT table in the lobby!
  • 2 pm Saturday February 13:  Oscar Shorts (for tickets and info) - Unfortunately, due to the theatre needing to flip the room for the evening show, we'll have to cancel our Q&A.  But stop by and say hi to DAFT's Kevin Walsh at the membership table pre-show--DFT membership is half-off this month only!
  • Thursday March 3:  Bring your kid to the DFT:  A child-friendly edited version of Oscar Shorts (more information to follow)
  • 4 pm Saturday March 26: Animation Club:  Welcome to the Space Show (animation)
  • 4 pm Saturday April 9:  Animation Club:  Song of the Sea
  • 4 pm Saturday April 30:  Animation Club:  Nocturna
By Tomorrow, Nominate DAFT's 2016 Teacher-of-the-Year!

This year DAFT will again recognize an outstanding media teacher as Teacher of the Year. This award, called the Touchstone Award, will be presented at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in May. If you know a teacher who deserves this recognition, please send DAFT an email with the reasons in support of your nominee.  Nomination should be sent to festival@daftonline.org by February 11.

Previous winners include:
2015  â€“ John Wood â€“ Detroit Public Schools
2014 – Julie Vanderlaan
2013 – none given
2012 – Kara Clayton – Thurston High, Redford
2011 – Chris Weagel – CMN-TV
2010 – Tom Ludwig –Education for the Arts, Kalamazoo
2009 – Steve Julin – Media Power
2008 – Kevin Walsh - West Bloomfield High
2007 – Vic Spicer, DAFT
2006 – Randy Calcaterra – Boyne ISD
2005 – Kurt Doelle, Dearborn High
2004 – Maureen McCarthy, SCOOP, Detroit
2003 – Joe Elliott, Utica Henry Ford II High, Utica
2002 – Fred Attebury, retired WSU
2001 – Jamie Stewart-Laidlaw, Shrine High, Royal Oak
2000 – Elaine Shapiro, Troy High
1999 – Annette Frank, Dearborn
1998 – Donna Learmont, Lahser High, Bloomfield Hills
1997 – Dick Rockwell, Dondero High, Royal Oak
1996 – Dean Cobb, Farmington High
1995 – Margaret Culver, Harrison High, Farmington
1994 â€“ Len Radjewski, Lakeland High, White Lake
1993 – Russ Gibb, Dearborn High
1992 – John Prusak, Wm D. Ford Tech Center, Westland

Join DAFT and Help Sponsor a Student Filmmaker!

Important
2016
Michigan Student Film Festival
Dates & Information

Important Festival Dates
  • Festival Entry Deadline
    • Friday, March 4, 2016
  • Round 1 Festival Judging in Southfield  (Join us by clicking here!)
    • Saturday March 19th (8:30 am - 3:00 pm)
  • 48th Michigan Student Film Festival at the Detroit Film Theatre
    • Saturday, April 23, 2016 
Mark your calendars for Saturday April 23rd at the DIA's fabulous Detroit Film Theatre for a free screening of the 48th Michigan Student Film Festival's Best-of-Show selections.  The morning screening features K-8 winners and the afternoon session honors the high school recipients.

DAFT is proud to host the oldest and longest-running student film festival in the nation.  Over 450 entries annually are individually reviewed by media teachers and professionals--with feedback returned to each student.  Many of our past winners are now enjoying amazing careers in film and television, including Monster's University director Dan Scanlon, Twenty Feet from Stardom editor Doug Blush and Academy Award winner Doug Chiang--and they credit their start to DAFT and this festival.

Prizes include full scholarships to Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts and the Motion Picture Institute in Troy, gift cards, equipment and 6 free trips in May to the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in Kalamazoo for an intense collaboration with some of the state's top media students.  Here's a video of last year's attendees, featuring some winners at the 47th festival with interviews and clips of their projects.

**Please help us provide more prizes and scholarships by sharing yesterday's blog-post on our website which includes a call for additional sponsorship and prizes--and a quick survey for possible donors!

 All festival information is updated regularly on our website at this link.

Judging Opportunities for DAFT (3/19) and MIPA (3/5)!

MIPA Judging Saturday March 5th in Lansing:  Even if you're not a journalism or video pro, you'll be paired with an experienced judge. Judging Day is a great opportunity to see some of the amazing journalism that students across Michigan are producing for their newspapers, yearbooks, broadcast programs and news websites. You’ll leave inspired and with great ideas that you can put to use in your own classroom.. Click here to register!

DAFT Judging Saturday March 19th in Southfield:  We will be hosting our major Saturday judging session in Southfield on March 19th.  If you are interested in participating in joining one of our cozy reviewing teams (with juice/bagels & lunch provided) complete a quick interest form at this link!  Educators, media professionals or just big fans of media are welcome!
Our New Classified Listing of Festivals, Jobs, Internships, Websites, etc.
The DAFT website now has a new Classified Listing (link) where members can share upcoming events, job postings, internships, media businesses, venues and more.  Submissions are reviewed and approved by DAFT.  
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