By Max O'Connell | Indiewire February 27, 2014 at 10:44AM
Robert Redford, Gilles Jacob...Barack Obama? Maybe that's overstating it a bit, but the White House, in collaboration with the American Film Institute, will hold its first-ever film festival on Friday, February 28.
The White House Film Festival will be held in the East Room of the White House, where it will screen the winning short films by K-12 students on the subject of technology in education. President Obama will deliver opening remarks. The focus on technology in education is part of the Administration's commitment to getting high-speed Internet connectivity and educational technology into classrooms, and into the hands of teachers trained to take advantage of it.
“AFI is proud and honored to support the White House in its celebration of tomorrow’s storytellers, “ said Bob Gazzale, President & CEO of AFI. “Here they have shown that film and technology will help lead the nation forward – an enduring reminder that movies matter.”
The festival was first announced last November. More than 2,000 videos were submitted by students.