The SI DocFest offers an excellent opportunity for high school students to take what they’ve learned and expand their education beyond the classroom. By combining a passion for social action and awareness with film and media, the SI DocFest hopes to give students an important, well-rounded learning experience. At the very least, we hope to ignite a social thought process in students about issues in our community. At best, we hope students will unearth and examine thought-provoking questions about social issues and the non-profit organizations that exist to alleviate them.
Many classes in a high school curriculum such as social justice, history, economics, science, religion or ethics can serve as a bridge to the SI DocFest’s mission. These subjects are very relevant to understanding social issues such as poverty, human rights or the environment (just to name a few).
Because a high school education is so important in shaping a socially responsible person, we believe a student’s school should be involved in the prize structure of the SI DocFest. This is why one third of the prize money will go to the school the filmmaker represents, another third to the non-profit organization profiled in the documentary and the last third to the student filmmaker in the form of a cash scholarship.
A main goal of the SI DocFest is that teachers and administrators get involved by supporting the film contest as a unique and valuable chance to make a REEL difference in our community. The SI DocFest hopes educators will use the contest as a possible supplement to a curriculum that already focuses on shaping socially aware and responsible young people.