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Nov. 15, 2005
Contact: Isa Kretschmer, Center for Research on Learning, (785) 864-0637.

KU educational technology researchers plan K-12 film festival; entries due Nov. 28

LAWRENCE -- Aspiring filmmakers from kindergarten through 12th grade in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri are being invited to submit their films by Nov. 28 for the DiMO Awards competition sponsored by the University of Kansas' research group known as Advanced Learning Technologies in Education Consortia or ALTEC. DiMO derives from Digital Media Online.

As part of KU's Center for Research on Learning, ALTEC promotes technology use in education. "To help encourage the use of video in the classroom we are putting together the DiMO Awards, an 'Oscar-style' K-12 film festival at the Lawrence Arts Center Jan. 20, 2006," said Isa Kretschmer, ALTEC media developer. The festival is a two-day event, Jan. 20 and 21, 2006, and will include a night of film screenings, a day of student workshops with teacher collaboration led by professional filmmakers and a semi-formal awards gala.

Students can submit their entries online at http://dimo.altec.org/.

Students may compete in one of three divisions: elementary (K-5), middle (6-8) and high school (9-12). Competition categories include television/broadcast, documentary, music video, feature film or animation/experimental.

Five top contenders in each division and category will be invited to the onsite festival for the awards gala at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Krestschmer said, "We hope to showcase some of the creative and innovative talents among elementary and secondary students in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri." A classic example of a filmmaker who began by using his family's film camera as a youngster to create films is the Oscar-winning director and film producer Steven Spielberg. "We think this will be a great opportunity for young filmmakers to meet each other, see each other's films and gain recognition that will help further their careers."

Topics for the DiMO awards workshops are being arranged for all levels of students and teachers with topics including "Tips and Tricks of Final Cut Pro" and "Hollywood Lighting on a Home Depot Budget." Apple Corp. is providing a state of the art multimedia-authoring lab for the event.

Other supporters include The World Company of Lawrence, Pinnacle Systems, Inc., Kan-ed, Sony Electronics Inc., Tech4Learning, Inc., ParticleIllusion by Wondertouch and iVIE Awards of the San Diego (Calif.) County Office of Education.

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