The Arkansas Educational Television Network has extended the entry deadline for “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase,” to Saturday, March 31, accordiing to a news release.


The showcase highlights the creativity and talent of students in kindergarten through 12th grade. In addition to possible broadcast on AETN, students may compete for Thea Foundation Young Filmmakers Scholarships and the Arkansas Historic Places Film Prize.


Entries must be submitted electronically to aetn.org/studentselects. Entry categories include documentary, narrative, animation, Claymation, stop-motion, music videos and public service announcements.


Graduating high school seniors may also compete for $10,000 in college scholarships from the Thea Foundation. Thea awards four $2,500 Young Filmmaker Scholarships to seniors who enter and qualify. Categories include: screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing.


“This Thea scholarship competition is unique in that it is open to students who attend public, private, charter or home schools, as well as those who have completed their GED. Scholarships will be awarded to the student’s institution of choice,” according to the release.


Fifth through 12th grade students, including homeschooled students, may compete for the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize, which only accepts documentaries about any historic site in the state that is at least 50 or more years old. The following prizes will be awarded: grand prize, $700; first place, $200; second place, $200; third place, $200; and fourth place, $200. The Historic Places contest is in partnership with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Arkansas Humanities Council.


Each winning film and honorable mention will receive a $150 grant to help with travel costs to Little Rock for the film showcase event. Only one travel grant will be given per film to be shared among the teacher and student filmmakers, according to the release.


The Student Filmmakers Showcase, highlighting scholarship and prize winning films, will be held at Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.


Anyone interested in submitting films should visit aetn.org/studentselects for complete rules for all competitions, to submit entries electronically and to download entry forms for mailed entries. Details: Casey Sanders at csanders@aetn.org or 501-682-4190.