Hosting a Successful Film Festival

    1. Study other film festivals as a model. Check out the New York International Children's Film Festival as an example.
    2. Develop a flyer, or advertisement, to publicize the film festival. You can use "keynote" or "pages" to develop the flyer. Remember the important information:
      • Festival Logo, (click the link to find the logo and take a screenshot)
      • Festival Name, (The South Bronx Environmental Film Festival)
      • Festival Date, (June 12, 2013)
      • Festival Time, (9:00 a.m.)
      • Festival Location, (The Auditorium at P.S. 48) and
      • Festival Contact Information. (
    3. Write up a Filmmaker Biography. See June 12, 2012 below for an example.
    4. Create a program. Who will conduct the opening remarks? Who will introduce each film? What will they say to introduce the film?
    5. Attract other performers, such as the school band, to perform.

Spring 2013 Film Festival Development

June 4, 2013- Emcee Nominations and Election

It's time to nominate two individuals to become the emcees (MC) for the South Bronx Environmental Film Festival. An emcee is the person who hosts an event by introducing the event to the audience. This is what we will do:
  • Each of us will receive a secret ballot.
  • We will vote for two people on our secret ballot.
  • Fold up your secret ballot. The top two vote getters will become emcees.
We will use the following emcee criteria:
  • You should vote for two people who:
    • Share their ideas often
    • Possess strong filmmaking skills
    • Collaborate well with others
    • Demonstrate an outgoing persona (not shy speaking in public!) :)
Now...let's vote! Eyes on your secret ballot only!

May 17, 2013

It's film critic time. Today we will watch and enjoy each other's PSAs. We will have fun, critique the films using our rubric, and reflect on how far we have come!

May 13-15, 2013

  1. This week we will continue to develop "press information" for the media.
  2. In addition to "press information," we will develop Filmmaker Biographies. See June 12, 2012 below for an example. Your biography is written in the third person. This means use write your name instead of "I," "me," or "my." Confused? You won't be for long!
  3. Collaborate with the P.S. 48 Band to develop the Program of Events for SBxEFF. Remember, the date is Thursday, June 12, 2013. That is not much time!
  4. Draft the script for SBxEFF. Who will introduce the films? What will you say? Create your "prompt" using the iPad. You will take the iPad up to the stage with you as you present your film! See a sample script from 2012. You can write your script using Keynote or Pages (or another app, if you have a good idea which one!)

May 10, 2013

  1. Today we will learn about the purpose of a film festival. We will develop "press information" for the media by doing the following:
    • A. Create new groups of three people. This will be your new "staff" members as your work with SBxEFF.
    • B. Explore the SBxEFF website on the iPads. People must be experts about what they share with other people.
    • C. Brainstorm a list of media contacts to advertise SBxEFF
      • Example: your parents! Who else in the school community? Outside the school community?
    • D. Develop an advertisement for the SBxEFF using the iPad's Keynote App.
      • When you finish, create a screenshot. Then email the screenshot to HINT: copy and paste the email address.
      • The email should be set up like this:
  2. While we do these three assignments (See the bullets A - D above), one group will draft an email that will be sent out to Very Important People (VIPs). Got any ideas who this could be? We, your bosses, sure do!


Spring 2012 Film Festival Development

June 18, 2012

1. Do Now:
A. Finish typing up your BIOGRAPHY. The AUTObiography was your rough draft. Revise and edit! Done? Move on!
B. Finish the jury selection process. Which films (PSAs) have you yet to rate? Click on the link for "Film Selection" in the navigation bar at right.
C. Explore "photobooth." Take a photo that you want EVERYONE to see. See task 3 for more information.
2. Work on your advertisement. Remember we discussed what it must include on June 6. This is DUE TODAY!* Your advertisement must include:
    • A Title (the film festival name-->The South Bronx Environmental Film Festival)
    • The Date of the festival (6/21/12)
    • The Time of the festival (9:00 a.m.)
    • The Location of the festival (P.S. 48 Auditorium and school address)
    • The South Bronx Environmental Film Festival website (copy and paste!)
    • A short blurb (two sentences describing the film festival)
After letting me see it, send the finished advertisement to me at: . Remember the password?
3. Take a biographical photo using photobooth. Follow my directions...hopefully! Save the photo or drag it to the desktop.
Then upload the photo to your "Jury Biographies" wiki page. Click edit. Then file. Find the file on the computer's desktop. Upload. Voila! (that's french for "presto.". Errr...never mind!)
  • Where is your permission slip???

June 12, 2012

1. Do Now: Film Festival Autobiography. Write two or three sentences about you. Use the paper split into two sections.
A. Type up your biography into your page at "Jury Biographies."
2. Compare and contrast a "Biography" with an "Autobiography." Mr. Czarka wrote BOTH paragraphs. How are these two different?

Mr. Czarka is a teacher at P.S. 48. He enjoys technology and making movies. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, running, and watching movies. He is proud to be a part of the inaugural South Bronx Environmental Film Festival staff.


I am a teacher at P.S. 48. I enjoy technology and making movies. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, running, and watching movies. I am proud to be a part of the inaugural South Bronx Environmental Film Festival staff.

3. Change your autobiography into a biography. See this example from a film at the Tribeca Film Festival. Find the section titled, "About the Director." He wrote this himself!
4. Getting the Film Festival set up.
  • Scan Ms. Binuya's biographies with the iPad.
  • Input Press Information with a table with 2 columns and 10 rows. This needs the following information inputted:
    • the student's name,
    • the student's name created as a link to that student's Jury Biography page, and
    • a blank space BELOW the student name for the advertisement.
  • Design the rest of your advertisement on paper. This is a sketch, or plan of attack, for the computer lab tomorrow.
  • Rate the films. These people need to catch up on this task: Campbell, Carlos, and Daniel.

June 6, 2012


Do Now

Read these directions. Understand the directions. Then follow the directions.

1. A biography is a true story about another person. Usually when you write about yourself, it is called an autobiography. It's all, "me, me, me!" But today you will write a SHORT biography about YOURSELF. But remember, to talk about yourself in the third person. This means you don't write words like, "I," "me," "my," or "mine." Read the following example about Mr. Czarka. Remember, I wrote this myself. However, I did NOT make it sound like I wrote it, :)- .

Mr. Czarka is a teacher at P.S. 48. He enjoys technology and making movies. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, running, and watching movies. He is proud to be a part of the inaugural South Bronx Environmental Film Festival staff.

2. Do you see how I wrote about myself? I didn't use words like "I," "me," "my," or "mine." Rather I talked about myself as if I was someone else!

3. Now, follow this link. Click on your name. Edit the page by writing a SHORT biography about you.


Creating an Advertisement

1. An advertisement announces something for sale or an event to attend. We will develop advertisements using Keynote. Click this link for what to include in your advertisement.

May 29-30, 2012

We will use this website to develop the South Bronx Environmental Film Festival. We will develop advertisements and select films for inclusion in the film festival.

Develop an Advertisement. Follow this link.