8th Annual Shortie Award Winner Gets Interview with President Obama

WASHINGTON, D.C-  Best News Program winner, Damon Weaver, finally got the approval for his long sought interview with President Barack Obama.

The student participated in this past year’s The Shortie Awards- International News and Film Festival, with his news piece in the ages 7-10 category, in which he interviewed various newsworthy figures, including then Vice President hopeful Joe Biden.

Damon Weaver is a sixth grader at Canal Point Elementary School and student reporter for KEC TV News Team from Kathryn E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary in western Palm Beach County, Florida.

The winning entry Damon submitted to The Shortie Awards has received over a half million views online. It can be watched at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW5X1eaozxQ

The interview with President Obama can be found here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP-695ATg-c

Now in its ninth year, The Shortie Awards recognize original digital media productions created by international students, ages 7-18, and their teachers.  The Shortie Awards are a product of MHz Networks.

This past year's competition received nearly 400 entries from 23 states throughout the U.S. and 13 countries including: Canada, Cuba, Spain, Italy, Finland, Denmark, UK, UAE, India, Poland, France and Kenya.

A panel of judges selected the best short films in animation, live action, documentary, PSA and daily broadcast news show.  The age categories are: 7-10, 11-14, 15-18 and K-12 teacher-created.

All entries are under 10 minutes in length and, with the exception of teacher-created, are made primarily by children and teens.  The judges provide constructive feedback on each submission.

To learn more, or to submit a production to next year’s awards, visit: www.shortie.org.

Stephanie Misar


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