Short film curriculum, plus the opportunity to enter your class project in a global competition.
Our platform not only shares educational resources and coursework, but celebrates students' final project, a student produced film, for family and friends to enjoy. Furthermore, the student is afforded the opportunity to engage with other students by either entering their film into the International Youth Silent Film Festival competition, watching other student films online, in the competition, or both. Entry is free! Because the student is able to translate school work into an official entry for the IYSFF competition, revision and effort increase. Students show great pride in what they have created.
We have organized the work in three key ways: Stages of Development; Lesson Plan; Resources. Stages of Development is divided into key stages that share the history of
silent film (as a genre), the foundation of story structure (the heart of this project), phases of film production, and submission to the International Youth Film Festival (IYSFF). Lesson Plans correspond with each stage and are rich with clear objectives and varied activities. Using the various lessons we have created allows students to engage with the following standards from the Common Core State Standards (an American set of standards across K-12): Speaking and Listening; Writing; Reading Literature. Lessons also attend to visual/performing arts and technology standards. Resources are linked throughout lesson plans. Click here to acces our curriculum and educational resrouces.
The International Youth Silent Film Festival began in Portland, Oregon in 2010 with a challenge to visual storytellers, all under the age of twenty, to share with us their stories; from wherever they are; about any subject important to them, and to do it without words in three minutes. We believe friendship is created, enriched and sustained by the stories we share with one another. Competitions are hosted around the world, where films that make it to the finals are screened at red carpet events. Filmmakers compete for recognition and cash prizes. Open to all, and free to enter without limit as to subject matter, visual stories told by youth offer fresh insight into the life, hopes, fears, and challenges of the generation we are tasked to inspire and celebrate.
We look forward to seeing your student's film submission and hope to see them and celebrate them at one of our Film Festivals. Visit www.makesilentfilm.com to learn more.