Sonoma County Office of Education

Five-Minute Film Festival showcases student work in Oscars-style night

04/03/2018 -

Sonoma County's finest student filmmakers, grades 1 to 12, will walk the red carpet Monday, April 9 at 3rd Street Cinema in Santa Rosa before they show off the movies they created at the fourth annual Five-Minute Film Festival. The festival doors open at 5:00pm, but seating is reserved for parents and teachers of the selected films due to size of the theater. Members of the media are also invited to attend.

The film festival is designed to use art and creative expression to help students engage with learning in the core subjects, like math, english, and social science. To this end, schools and teachers integrate student filmmaking with academic content they are teaching.

To participate, students from more than 14 diverse Sonoma County schools created and submitted short videos. The videos were no more than five minutes long and centered on the theme of community. Schools selected and submitted their five best films, for a total of 70 submissions across the county. The top 15 films will be shown at Monday's screening, which is designed to mirror the Oscars with a red-carpet entry and special seating for the filmmakers. Student work will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges.

This year's topics range from the North Bay wildfires to campus safety to cultural diversity. Click here for more details.

Finalists are from the following schools:

  • McKinley Elementary | Petaluma (2 finalists)
  • James Monroe Elementary | Santa Rosa
  • Windsor High School | Windsor (2 finalists)
  • Oak Grove Elementary | Sebastopol (3 finalists)
  • West County Charter Middle School | Forestville
  • Healdsburg Charter School | Healdsburg
  • Twin Hills Charter Middle School | Sebastopol (3 finalists)
  • Hillcrest Middle School | Sebastopol
  • Willowside Middle School | Santa Rosa