Come join our project!
Students from schools other than SAIS are welcome to participate in all aspect of the project, although interaction with SAIS students will begin with the final storyboards and films. Final submissions for the International Student Film Festival are due by 11:59 PM on June 3rd Pacific Standard Time (3pm on June 4th in China.) Films must be no longer than 8 minutes. Submissions must be through links sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include name, age, grade, and contact information of the student and parent/guardian or teacher.
- How can we tell compelling stories through writing and film?
- What role can stories play in moving and influencing people?
- I can write a compelling short story that uses imagery and uses conventions of effective storytelling.
- I can give and receive feedback to improve my own writing and work and the writing and work of others.
- I can create short films using a variety of technical tools.
- I can research and identify an issue that I care about.
- I can create a storyboard.
- I can create a film that moves people.
FINAL FILM REQUIREMENTS:
- No longer than 8 minutes
- Tells a story (has elements of a narrative)
- Any type of film allowed: animated, documentary, fiction, drama, stop-motion, live action, etc.
- Created using any type of software
- Submitted via email to email@example.com including a link (not an attachment)
- Student’s name, contact information, location, and parent/guardian consent included
- Must be submitted by 11:59 PM PST on June 3rd (2:59 PM on June 4th in China)
- To engage with SAIS students earlier and give and receive feedback on storyboards, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This list includes possible materials but the number of examples of powerful narratives is endless. For this project and our literacy standards at SAIS, we would like students to read at least one full-length book and at least three short stories.
Daughter of Fortune, by Isabel Allende
Born A Crime, by Trevor Noah
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
Amulet series, by Kazu Kibuishi
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglass
Pay It Forward, by Catherine Ryan Hyde
The Gift of the Magi, O’Henry
Like the written texts, this list includes a short selection of an endless amount of possible options.
Pay It Forward
An Inconvenient Truth
Mrs. Chong (Singapore teaching advertisement) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GETzOHRPqus
The Meatrix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEkc70ztOrc
Best Shorts: https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/best-short-films/
This Little Girl’s Dad Lies to her Everyday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZXFkvKsB1A
Michele Barnwell on telling your story https://www.ted.com/talks/michele_barnwell_scripting_your_own_reality
The danger of a single story: Chimamanda Adichie TED talk