Digital Storytelling (DS) is an AFF arts education program that improves students’ reading, writing, communication, media technology, and idea-expression skills through hands-on screenwriting, filmmaking and podcasting. Launched in 2005, DS has served over 2,000 AISD students and is now expanding into Manor ISD and Harmony Public Schools. With a curriculum developed by Austin Film Festival and AISD English teachers, DS has been implemented in high schools where a disproportionate number of the student body are economically disadvantaged and considered at-risk.
“I am very grateful to be in this class because it has given me opportunities I never thought I could have at this age. My short script was selected as one of two to be made into a short film this year. I really couldn’t believe it! I feel honored to have worked with professional filmmakers and directors. It’s been a wonderful experience and I plan to be in this program again next year. This experience will help me greatly in the future when I actually become a professional filmmaker.
– Cristina Gonzalez, Student Participant, AFF’s Digital Storytelling program
For more information on how your school can participate, contact our Young Filmmakers director at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 512-478-4795.
In the 2017-2018 school year, Austin Film Festival has currently partnered with the following schools for Digital Storytelling curriculum:
Akins High School
Through the leadership of film teacher Tyson Williams, three classes and over 100 students learned to write a screenplay. Four scripts were chosen to be produced into short films. The films will be shot on the weekends of March 24-25th and April 7-8th. Stay tuned!
Crockett High School
For the second year in a row, English Language Arts teachers Shelley Hebrink and Ms. Jessica Dunn have implemented the Digital Storytelling curriculum into their classes. This year, we received over 75 short scripts from Crockett Students and have assembled a crew of local writers and filmmakers to read and provide every student with helpful feedback.
One winning script will be chosen for a YFP Script Reading at the 25th Annual Film Festival.
Manor High School
Austin Film Festival is happy to announce a new partnership with Manor High School. Students in Mr. Jonathan Miller’s class will be using the curriculum this semester to write short screenplays.
Harmony Science Academy
ELA teacher Gabriel Baca will be using Digital Storytelling to introduce interested students to the art of screenwriting.