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Project AWARE Student Film Institute

The institute will be held on 5 weekend days in September– 15, 22, 23, 29 and 30–from 10am-5pm



The 2018 Student Film Institute, is an intensive five days of filmmaking for any high-school student interested in the various aspects of the industry…from directing to editing to production. SFI 2018 is youth-led and deals with relevant issues in our community today.

SFI 2018 participants will produce a socially-relevant, student-made drama, mentored by an award-winning creative team, including filmmaker Michael A. Nickles.

The story: A teenager is asked to give a speech at his high school graduation party and must face his deepest fear and tell the truth, in order to expose a town secret. This short film could be compared to the dialogue-driven, character-based teen dramas “Love, Simon” and “The Spectacular Now.”

The 2018 SFI is seeking youth in high school from the southern Maine area. The goal for the program is to create a high-quality film in just one week about an issue to be chosen by teens. Working as a team, the young filmmakers will coordinate the production; cast, direct, and shoot the movie; and oversee editing and final production. The program supports youth in learning new skills by developing and telling real life stories, while having a lot of fun doing it! The 2018 SFI will involve 15-20 students and community members as cast and crew. In recent Project AWARE programs, short movies along with a number of PSAs were produced on bullying, substance use, body image, distracted driving, racism, and self-harm. This year, students will be producing a 10-12 minute film on youth voice, revolving around the topic of sexual assault. This topic was chosen by our youth script development team in April 2018 and the script was written by Thornton Academy senior, Delaney Ziegman. Here’s the script.

Cost: The full cost is targeted at $545 per student but we have scholarships and a pay-what-you-can policy. We have a policy of making sure every student that wants to participate can do so. No barriers.

Scholarships: We have two more scholarships available for Westbrook High School students and three general scholarships, full-tuition.

Pay-What-You-Can Policy: We want to support students who financially need help be able to attend this camp. Our Pay-What-You-Can policy is based on the ability to pay and the honor system. We don’t ask for income verification. Some people can pay the full amount, some can pay a portion. We ask everyone to pay something. Please talk with Engine to determine that amount.

Who is running the program? Engine, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation arts organization in downtown Biddeford, is coordinating the 2018 SFI on behalf of Project AWARE.

Questions? Contact Tammy Ackerman at Engine, 207-370-9130 or projectaware@feedtheengine.org.

About Project AWARE: Thousands view Project AWARE videos at school presentations, on YouTube and on TV. Please see the movie on self-harm a better place at this link. A better place aired on WABI TV and has received over 1 million views on YouTube. So many youth have said they feel less alone after watching this movie. The 2016 Summer Film Institute film Hooked, dealing with opiate misuse, can be seen here.

Learn more: Project AWARE website • Project AWARE FacebookYouTube


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