President Obama Hosts Star Studded White House Film Festival

March 21, 2015  |  

 

//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jsThe White House was full of your favorite celebrities Friday morning. The president hosted a student film festival in the White House’s East Room yesterday morning.

The festival featured celebrities like Terrence J, Lala Anthony, Michael Ealy, Angela Simmons and Will Packer who all came out to support the kiddies. More than 1,500 students submitted short films to the event. 15 of the films were selected and showcased during the event. The theme for this year’s festival was “The Impact of Giving Back.”

The second annual event is an excellent display of how talented children from around the world are.

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During the President’s speech he stated,

So I love this event.  This is the second year that we’ve hosted the White House Student Film Festival, and it’s a great example of what happens when we just unleash the skills and the imagination of America’s young people.  In this country, if we give all of our kids the best opportunities and technology and resources, there’s no telling what they’ll create — now and the years ahead.

This year, we received more than 1,500 submissions that came from all across the country — actually even came as far as Azerbaijan.  Our theme was “The Impact of Giving Back.”  And today, we are proud to honor our 15 official selections, because these aren’t just great films, but they’re great examples of how young people are making a difference all over the country.

Today, we’re celebrating a 6-year-old in Montana.  Is that you?  (Applause.)  He’s the guy without — he’s missing teeth.  (Laughter.)  But he’s also challenging us to see conservation through a child’s eyes. 

 

//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jsWinners of the event will receive a mentor from the AFI and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. In addition to a mentor, the winners receive an education, technology and tons of support in their future filmmaking process. The winner of last year’s event had her film screened at AFI’s International Documentary Festival.

We love events like this. Check out some of your favorite celebrities that attended.

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