SOURCE: MHz Networks

May 02, 2005 11:54 ET

Shortie Awards: New Films, New Winners, New Location! at NOAA Auditorium in Silver Spring, May 21, 2005

FALLS CHURCH, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 2, 2005 --

WHAT: 4th Annual MHz Shortz Student Film Festival

WHEN: May 21, 2005: 10 AM - 2 PM - All student films shown; 3 - 5 PM Awards Ceremony

WHERE: NOAA Auditorium, Silver Spring, MD

TICKETS: Reserve FREE tickets by calling Andrea Ellis at 703-770-7182 or emailing


The MHz Shortz Student Film Festival is coming to the NOAA Auditorium in Silver Spring, MD, on May 21, 2005, starting at 10 AM with a full day of student film entries shown on two screens followed by the award ceremony at 3 PM. Who will win a Shortie at the 4th annual awards ceremony?

Films are submitted to MHz Shortz in two categories (live action and animation) and three grade groups (2nd - 5th, 6th - 9th, and 10th - 12th), plus a special teacher category. Each entry is judged by a panel of filmmakers, artists, educators and students. Judges for 2005 MHz Shortz include: Cassondra Pope (Filmmaker and math teacher); Walter Crawford, (Human Resources Consultant); Patrick McClintock-Comeaux (principal of Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School in Alexandria, VA); Jasmina Mathieu (Art Director and graphic designer); Brian Jacobs (actor and first grade teacher in Baltimore); Susan Davis Cushing (arts education and media literacy consultant).

The festival, held at the NOAA Auditorium, 1301 East-West Hwy in Silver Spring, MD, will show most of the entries throughout the day, with finalists and winning films shown at the 3 PM awards ceremony. The entries this year span a range of styles, topics, interests and mediums. From horror to documentary, students tackle subjects from murderous homework to a range of fact and fantasy depicted through live action and animation. The visions of student and teacher filmmakers soar at this year's festival.

MHz Shortz Student Film Festival was developed under the umbrella of MHz NETWORKS' division of EAT (Education Arts Technology). Through workshops, a website and the film festival, EAT offers the tools and strategies of theatre and scriptwriting, project planning and digital media to enhance and deepen student learning. MHz Shortz is a unique program using the medium of film and the process of filmmaking to foster the development of students' visual, organizational and educational skills. MHz Shortz is funded in full by the Department of Education.

MHz Shortz Student Film Festival is produced by MHz NETWORKS. MHz NETWORKS (MHz and MHz2) is an independent, noncommercial, television network delivering international, educational and arts programming. MHz provides diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience. Serving the Washington, DC area's 4.7 million residents, MHz NETWORKS features programs from around the world on air and online in more than 20 different languages. For more information, visit

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