American Graduate/NPBC Flash Festival

Are you interested in making movies? Do you have a story or ideas that you would like to share with the world? Are you interested in graduating from high school and encouraging your friends do the same? If so, join the Can I Kick It? Crew for an action-packed weekend of film-making fun.

MPB and the Crew are gearing up for the 2013 American Graduate Student Film Festival and we need your help!


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Need a printed copy? Download the Application:

Please return printed applications to:

Yvetta Williams
Mississippi Public Broadcasting
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211

Or by fax at 601-432-6907 or email at


Applications are due by 5 pm February 13, 2013. Selected participants will be chosen and informed on February 15, 2013.

Parent Orientation and Student Preproduction meeting will be on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8:30am – 12 noon. The second preproduction meeting is Saturday March 2, 2013 from 8:30am – 12 noon.

Participants will check in Hazelhurst, MS at Wesley Pines  on March 8, 2013 at 6 pm. They will be picked up at Wesley Pines on Sunday March 10, 2013 at 5p.m.



What is the American Graduate Student Film Festival?

The American Graduate Student Film Festival (AGFF) is an online video competition for students ages 10 to 19. The film festival gives students the opportunity to begin a conversation with their peers about the high school dropout crisis. Over the course of one weekend, participants will create 5-minute videos that shed light on the crisis from the perspective of students.

AGFF is a program of the National Black Programming Consortium and the American Graduate initiative and is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). You can learn more about the dropout issue at

Are there prizes?

Yes! Members of each winning team can win cool prizes such as an iPad, iPod Touch or $100 gift certificate. The winning team will be flown with a chaperone to Washington, DC to receive their prize.

What can I do to win?

Participants will work spend a weekend at Camp Wesley Pines and work with a team to create an original short form video, PSA, music video, or animation (including animated graphic novel). The maximum length is five minutes (including 60 seconds max credits). Mississippi’s winning team will go on to compete with students from around the country, so MPB will work with the teams to encourage creativity and innovation.

What themes are encouraged for videos submitted to the festival?

Any of the following themes will be acceptable when judging for official selections into AGFF 2013.

  • Vulnerable Students: Why are some students more vulnerable to dropping out? What are their stories and how have some overcome these challenges? What are the external forces that keep students from succeeding and how can young people overcome them?
  • The Role of Youth in Dropout Prevention: Young people can play an important role in saving themselves and/or helping each other.
  • Not So Old School: How can schools, parents and communities be more effective in helping students facing academic or social challenges?

When will the competition begin?

The 36-hour film challenge is scheduled for March 8 - 10. Participants will report to the Hazelhurst, MS location on Friday evening and be dismissed (picked up) on Sunday evening. There will be two preproduction meetings, February 23 and March 2. Preproduction locations and times are to be announced. Projects will be completed on Sunday, March 10th. Official project selections will go live online on March 18th, 2013 when official voting begins. Voting ends at 5:00 PM EST, Monday, March 25th, 2013 before the primetime PBS premiere of 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School. Winners will be announced at the 180 Days website and via Facebook and Twitter. Winners will also be notified via email at that date and time.

What are the judges looking for in the selections for the online festival?

Submissions will be judged on clarity of message, creativity, and originality. Judges will also evaluate how informative, inspiring, and engaging your message is.

How are the winning videos selected?

The public selects the winners by popular vote on YouTube. Winners will have received the most likes on their videos. (Note, most likes, not views.) All likes must be in by 3:00 PM EST, Monday, March 25th in order to be counted. So get your family, friends, classmates and neighborhood involved in the voting at the AGFF YouTube channel:

What do I need to do to get ready?

  • Read the rules carefully.
  • Prepare your team.
  • Develop your ideas, script, cast your characters, and produce your best product.
  • Participate in scheduled preproduction meetings prior to the competition.
  • Bring your “A” game!