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What Is GIVEME5?


2018 Application for GiveMe5 RI Teen Film Festival .PDF

GiveMe5 is a network of media professionals collaborating to increase access to media education for RI youth. Annual Events: Teacher Lab (Fall), Teen Film Labs (March), Teen Film Festival (May).

The GiveMe5 Teen Film Festival is an opportunity for RI teens aged 13-19 to showcase their 5-minute (or less) films and get feedback from professionals. The program is sponsored by the RI State Council on the Arts, in cooperation with the RI Film and TV Office, RI Film Collaborative, URI Media Education Lab, RI International Film Festival, and RI Arts Learning Network. All Rhode Island schools and community media programs are eligible to submit up to 3 films for consideration. Films must be 5 minutes (or less) in length (thus the name GiveMe5!). Film entries can be either fiction or non-fiction, including but not limited to live action (narrative, experimental, documentary, public service, music videos) or animation (stop-motion drawings, claymation, computer animation). A panel of judges, including the RI Film and TV Office, select the films to be screened at the Festival. The panel may also select entries for broadcast on the Rhode Island PBS television show Teenage Critic and/or other broadcast venues. Examples of Student work from past GiveMe5 Teen Film Festivals and Labs can be found on the program’s Vimeo page at: https://vimeo.com/giveme5.

In addition to the Teen Film Festival, GiveMe5 also offers the Teen Film Lab – an exciting and collaborative opportunity for any Rhode Island filmmaker between the ages of 14-18 to write, shoot, edit, screen, and discuss a 1-minute film as part of a team, and with the guidance of a coach. The Lab has been offered to high school teens at both the URI Providence and the URI Kingston campuses.

also sponsors periodic professional development for teachers and education administrators (Teacher Lab). Topics include such areas as copyright and fair use issues, developing programs without an equipment budget, and media literacy.

As part of the GiveMe5 effort
to increase media education for RI youth, GiveMe5 offers technical assistance to schools and community organizations building film and media programs. Film and media programs provide opportunities for education in not only the technical aspects of filmmaking, such as editing, camera work, directing, and acting, but also teaching students the important skills of collaboration, critical analysis, and how to be an effective communicator.

For more information and updates about the GiveMe5 program, and to be put on our e-mail list,  contact Maggie Anderson, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Education Director, at (401) 222-6994 or email at Maggie.anderson@arts.ri.gov