SOURCE: MHz Networks

MHz Networks

March 01, 2011 16:56 ET

The Shortie Awards Announce Embrace the World PSA Competition and ShortieCon

FALLS CHURCH, VA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2011) - The Shortie Awards: International Film & News Festival has developed a new category and award for the festival with Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning.

The first ever Embrace the World PSA will tell people why it is important to know about the whole world. Both organizations believe it is time for everyone to be globally competent.

The winning PSA will be broadcast on MHz Worldview, the national channel of MHz Networks, available to over 35 million households across the country. 

Students will create a short video -- 30 seconds to 1 minute -- to help people understand how very important it is to know about the world: cultures, languages, business, history, geography. What happens if we don't know how to cooperate, connect, and compete? Additional Embrace the World guidelines and story ideas are available at

The Shortie Awards is a free-to-enter festival which recognizes original digital media production created by youth film makers, ages 7 to 18, and by K - 12 teachers, and celebrates and promotes the power of young filmmakers to create, collaborate, and communicate their stories to the rest of the world.

The Shortie Awards celebrate and promote the power of young filmmakers to create, collaborate, and communicate their stories to the rest of the world.

Films must be submitted by April 1, 2011 by 5 PM EST. For information for how to submit, please visit Questions can be sent to:

For the first time, The Shortie Awards features ShortieCon, a series of workshops for educators interested in incorporating filmmaking in the classroom and for students interested in filmmaking. ShortieCon will be held at the Art Institute of Washington in Arlington, VA on June 4 and 5.

The Shortie Awards film screening and award ceremony will be held Sunday, June 5 in the Dome Theatre at the Artisphere in Arlington, VA from 2:30-5 PM.

The Shortie Awards
The Shortie Awards is a youth film festival celebrating its 10th year. What started as a small digital education initiative receiving a handful of entries in 2001 has grown to an international film festival with 450 entries from 20 states and 11 countries in 2010. The Shortie Awards embody the elements of 21st century readiness, creativity, real-world skills. Through the Shortie Awards, students and teachers around the world prove that young people understand how to use the power of digital media to make films, connect, share stories and delve into experiential learning along the way. The Shortie Awards is a product of MHz Education, part of MHz Networks.

MHz Networks is an independent, non-commercial television broadcaster delivering international educational and arts programming and providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally-minded audience.

Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning

Asia Society is the leading global and pan-Asian organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders and institutions of the United States and Asia. The Society seeks to increase knowledge and enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of arts and culture, policy and business, and education. The Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning develops youth to be globally competent citizens, workers, and leaders by equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed for success in an increasingly interconnected world.

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Preeti Balakrishnan
    8101 A Lee Highway
    Falls Church, VA 22042


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