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Jan. 18 , 2006
Contact: Isa Kretschmer, Center for Research on Learning, (785) 864-0637.

KU to screen 18 entries in first K-12 film festival Jan. 21; event open to public

LAWRENCE — About 50 young filmmakers from schools in Abilene, Lawrence, Olathe and Oxford, Kan., as well as from Texas have submitted entries in the first DiMO Film Festival, sponsored by the University of Kansas’ research group known as Advanced Learning Technologies in Education Consortia, or ALTEC. DiMO derives from Digital Media Online.

The festival has been scaled down to a one-day event from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Lawrence Arts Center, 904 New Hampshire. It is free and open to the public.

In addition to screenings of the entries, the day includes workshops open to the public led by filmmakers from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and concludes with an awards program.

“We are celebrating film in K-12 education,” said Amber Rowland, project leader with KU’s Center for Research on Learning, where ALTEC is housed. ALTEC promotes technology use in education. “We are opening this festival to the public as a day of interactive workshops. All K-12 students or teachers are welcome.

“The hands-on workshops will be dynamic and well worth a Saturday. Bambino’s (restaurant) has graciously agreed to provide lunch for all participants and we are hoping to offer some pretty cool door prizes for everyone who attends.”

A total of 11 workshops will include topics such as watching and understanding video and film, storyboarding for grades 6-12 and for K-5, lighting on a low budget, cartooning for grades K-5 and working with animation software. Students and teachers will have access to a state of the art multimedia-authoring lab at the arts center equipped by Apple Corp. and KU’s ALTEC office.

Students from Garfield Elementary School in Abilene, Lawrence Free State and Lawrence High School, Olathe Northwest High School and Oxford High School and from Palo Alto High School in Killeen, Texas, submitted films for the first competition. The Texas students will not be able to attend.

They are competing in four of five categories within their grade division: elementary (K-5), middle (6-8) and high school (9-12). The categories include television/broadcast, documentary, music video, feature film or animation/experimental. No entries were received for the documentary category.

The entries are online at


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