Education During the Festival
Junior Jury is a film screening program designed for high school students. Participating jurors learn how to objectively watch and critique films as they screen selected youthFEST shortsm, deliberate, and announce the winning film for each year. During the Festival, Junior Jurors attend screenings, engage in Q&A's, and meet with Official SFF Jurors for mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities.
This program was created to support education through the art of film, developing a community outreach by exposing youth to the different elements of independent film and independent storytelling. They will introduce film programming and have the opportunity to lead filmmaker Q&A's. A central goal is to learn to work as a team, to meet throughout the Festival and debate respectfully, as they choose the winning youthFEST entry. The youth jury program is a networking and professional development opportunity.
Each year, Festival guests are given an opportunity to visit area K-12 students and share inspiration and industry-insights with young film-buggs and aspiring filmmakers. Frequently, Festival attendees reflect on their in-classroom visit as the highlight of their SFF experience, and the connections made between students and their idols invite discussions and shared lessons that young people value forever. Our 2016 Filmmaker Spotlight was Stranger Things' Matthew Modine.