ShortieCon Partners with The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

FALLS CHURCH, VA –The 10th annual Shortie Awards: International Film & News Festival and ShortieCon introduce a new student award with The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Students can vie for The Shortie Awards, Pulitzer Center News Award by submitting Daily News Broadcasts less than 10 minutes in length.

While the festival is open to youth film makers ages 7 to 18 in various categories, the Pulitzer Center News Award will be granted to the best high school entry. 

Elizabeth Pringle, MHz Education Director says, “We are delighted in this new partnership with The Pulitzer Center of Crisis Reporting, knowing that the Center stands by the same ideals as our festival in support of showcasing youth creativity, global affairs and the increasing relevance of visual media in its many forms.”

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting promotes in-depth engagement with global affairs through its sponsorship of quality international journalism across all media platforms and an innovative program of outreach and education.

The Center's hybrid model treats news coverage of systemic global crises as ongoing campaigns in order to maintain a spotlight on often ignored issues, ranging from water and food insecurity to homophobia and stigma to fragile states and women and children in crisis.

The Pulitzer Center will provide mentorship to the winning student group on a future reporting project.
Pulitzer Center Managing Director Nathalie Applewhite said, "The Center is thrilled to join forces with MHz on this award, which highlights the importance of news in today's busy media landscape. We're looking forward to seeing the students' work, and working with the winners on their next reporting project."

The free-to-enter Shortie Award recognizes original digital media production created by youth and K - 12 teachers. The festival focuses on nurturing imagination and choice making in students and is one of the only competitions in the world to provide expert analysis and critique to each entrant.

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.

Filmmakers may submit their films individually, as a group, or as a whole class. Films may be no longer than 10 minutes in length and may be fact or fiction. Students 7-18 are eligible, as well as teachers in Live Action (narrative, experimental, music video, or other), Documentary, PSA, Animation (stop-motion, claymation, machinima, digital, or other) or Daily News Broadcast.

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