The Arkansas Educational Television Network kicks off the school year with “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers’ Showcase,” featuring films made by students from across Arkansas, beginning Friday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. “Student Selects” will air in four segments at 6:30 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 7-28.


Selections include comedies, family dramas, personal documentaries and historical films. The broadcast also includes films recognized with Thea Foundation Young Filmmaker Scholarships and the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize, according to a news release.


Films to be featured Sept. 7 include:


“Arkadia,” produced by Har-Ber High School in Springdale.


“The Window Vignette,” produced by Fayetteville High School.


“Mirror Mirror,” produced by Bentonville High School. Rhianydd Hylton won the Directing Scholarship from the Thea Foundation for this film.


“Touchdown Angel,” produced by Springdale District TV.


“Tulips,” produced by Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts in Hot Springs.


“Where the Best Milk Grows,” produced by Lakeside High School in Hot Springs and a Historic Places Film Prize winner.


Films to be featured Sept. 14 include:


“104,” produced by Bentonville High School.


“Breaking the Silence,” produced by Lakeside High School in Hot Springs.


“Wired to the Past: A Vision Into the Future,” produced by Fayetteville High School and a Historic Places Film Prize winner.


“I’m Lost,” produced by Springdale High School.


“Gracie’s Surprise,” produced by Springdale District TV.


Films to be featured Sept. 21 include:


“Bridging the Generation Gap: From Veterans to Youth,” produced by Fayetteville High School.


“Opioid Prevention,” produced by Harrison High School.


“Hunter Woodhall,” produced by Har-Ber High School in Springdale.


“Credit,” produced by Rogers Heritage High School.


“The Copsicle Caper,” produced by Eureka Springs High School. Sophia Thomas won the Scriptwriting Scholarship from the Thea Foundation for this film.


“Perceptions,” produced by Valley View Junior High School in Jonesboro.


A final episode will air Sept. 28. AETN Student Selects will also host the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival’s Emerging Filmmakers Program. Additional information, submission guidelines, entry deadlines and application forms are available at aetn.org/studentselects.


“Student Selects,” now in its 12th year, is an annual event that grants these future filmmakers the opportunity to submit their film and video handiwork for possible broadcast on AETN, streaming on aetn.org, and screening at the Young Filmmakers Showcase and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in October, according to the release.


High school seniors were invited to compete for $10,000 in college scholarships from the Thea Foundation. Four $2,500 Young Filmmaker Scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors who entered and qualified. This Thea scholarship competition was unique in that it was open to students who attended public, private, charter or home schools, as well as those who have completed their GED. Scholarships were awarded to the student’s institution of choice, regardless of planned major, GPA or test scores.


In partnership with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Arkansas Humanities Council, ninth through 12th grade students, including homeschooled students, competed for the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize, which only accepted documentaries about historic sites in the state that were 50 or more years old. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving cultural resources.


The Thea Foundation is a nonprofit, public foundation founded in 2001 by the parents of Thea Kay Leopoulos, Linda and Paul David Leopoulos. The founders and board of directors have adopted the mission of carrying Thea’s legacy forward through advocating the importance of art in the development of youth through educational and promotional activities and to encourage individual participation in art through scholarship, partnership and other programs.


The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas’ only statewide public media network, according to the release.