THE 2016 WHITE HOUSE STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL

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The 2016 White House Student Film Festival in Washington, DC took place on October 2 and marked AFI's third annual collaboration with the White House on the event. The annual film festival inspires and celebrates young filmmakers from around the nation. AFI welcomed aspiring K-12 filmmakers to the White House to premiere their work for an audience of special guests and film artists from in front of and behind the camera, including Ty Burrell, Alfre Woodard and STRANGER THINGS creators Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer and star Millie Bobby Brown.

AFI is a founding partner of the festival, which took place this year preceding South by South Lawn, an elaborate outdoor event celebrating the arts held on Monday, October 3. As part of AFI's ongoing mission to educate today's audiences and tomorrow's storytellers — a mandate that began when AFI was born in the White House Rose Garden in 1965 — participating filmmakers will continue to learn about the art form after the festival by working closely with AFI Conservatory alumni as mentors.

Open to K-12 student filmmakers, storytellers were encouraged to submit their short film based on this year's festival theme, "The World I Want to Live In." Thirteen finalist films were screened at the event, followed by a meet-and-greet with festival attendees. In line with this year's theme of looking toward the future, and the festival's annual spirit of innovation, Virtual Reality stations were also part of the experience for guests, filmmakers and their families.

Watch the entire 2016 White House Student Film Festival below.