On Tuesday, April 22nd, I recieved the following e-mail message:
The American Film Institute proudly announces the launch of AFI ScreenNation – an online video sharing community for middle and high school students across America.
AFI ScreenNation is a place where young filmmakers can share their work, receive recognition and compete for prizes in ongoing challenges. The topics of challenges will range from the power of friendship to global warming.
AFI Screen Nation is designed to be a hub for all who support the creative use of digital filmmaking by young people: schools, school districts, teachers, film festivals, organizations and after-school clubs. As part of this program, AFI ScreenNation provides a showcase for the work of these organizations, their sites and festival competitions.
Easy to join, easy to share and it’s free!
Check out the AFI ScreenNation call for videos:
Taking a quick look at the site (less than ten minutes), it looks like an interesting site with the backing of a credible organization, the American Film Institute. They include videos that can be accessed to help craft better films, which I welcome having seen the process that many of our students use in creating a film.
It will be interesting to see if this community can become sticky enough for educators and students to use, rather than the other communities (YouTube, TeacherTube, etc.) Time will tell.