IPR College of Creative Arts: EDU's New Presenting Sponsor

EDU is thrilled to announce the addition of IPR as the presenting sponsor of the EDU Film Festival. For the past four years, IPR College of Creative Arts has played a major role in the continued success of EDU. Through both monetary and in-kind donations, IPR has insured that the EDU Film Festival remains a free event and that young filmmakers from all types of backgrounds have equal access to this unique experience. 

Announcing New EDU Staffers

We are proud to announce the addition of two Assistant Directors to the festival staff.

Jaki Velez has been involved in the EDU Film Festival since she attended high school at MTS' Digital Media Academy. Currently a student in IPR's Music and Entertainment business program, Jaki is also an active member of the BrandLab Alumni program and works as a member of the Soundset Street Team - a part of the Rhymesayers Entertainment Organization. For the last three years, Jaki has served the festival as a social media intern and a digital asset manager and is now elevated to the position of Assistant Director.

In high school, Jaki participated in the professional/student collaborative music video for Atmosphere's single "Became," which received national recognition and critical acclaim along with millions of views from all over the world.

As a student in the BrandLab program, an organization whose mission is to guide and prepare underrepresented young people to careers in marketing and advertising, Jaki was awarded a prestigious scholarship and internship package. She served her internship with Target Inhouse, where she worked with the art department and assisted in talent acquisition.

At EDU, Jaki will work with event coordination; manage the social media accounts; and receive, organize, and prep the hundred plus short films that are digitally transferred to the festival each year.

PJ Mack is a double graduate of IPR in the Sound Design for Visual Media and Digital Video & Media Production programs. He is a busy freelance videographer and serves as a digital media educator for Apple as well as a video and film instructor for young artists at Olsen Middle School. We are excited to bring PJ aboard as an Assistant Director.

As a military veteran and an active family man, PJ has learned to prioritize. He balances an active freelance career - working on commercial projects and more recently, a gig on an upcoming feature film - with his work in education. 

At EDU, PJ will deal with school outreach, technical direction, and event coordination. 

Introducing the 2017 Selection Team

We've put together an impressive team of film professionals to help us grade and select the official screeners for the 2017 EDU Film Festival. They will give each film a grade for story, cinematography, sound, edit/post-production, and "heart." Those grades will be averaged and compiled to determine which films will screen. Take a look at the selection team bios, you'll be honored that they are watching your work.

Watch FOX9 KSTP Coverage of EDU 2016

Jerrad was the last entry for the EDU film festival which includes more than 70 short student-created films picked to be shown on Friday at the ShowPlace Icon theater in St. Louis Park. The EDU Film Fest, presented by Best Buy and sponsored by IPR-College of Creative Arts, is a one-day festival celebrating and recognizing the film work of middle school and high school Students from around the state. Usually, the short films for this film festival are limited to five minutes, but this film is three times that length. The creator of the film festival quickly realized ”Jerrad” was worth every second. Watch the story on FOX9.com

EDU 2016 Finalists Showcase Announced

Congratulations to the following filmmakers for being included in our finalist showcase. These films will compete for the Best in Fest awards. Finalists are chosen by our Selection Team through a blind grading process. Selection team members score each film submitted for story, cinematography, editing, sound, and "heart." The scores are averaged and the films ranked according to score. These films represent the top ranking entries in each award category

Who is EDU? Check out our Staff:

Ever wonder who it is that brings you the EDU Film Festival each year? The festival has been staffed by three creative forces for the last nine years. This year, Trey Wodele (Executive Director, Co-Founder), Richard Hansen (Co-Director, Co-Founder), and Ben Prescott (Art Director) are joined by a new staff member, Jaki Velez who is in charge of social media and data management.

Read about all four on our staff page

Call for Entries: EDU 2016

We are now accepting entries for the 2016 EDU Film Festival. We are looking for five-minute films from Minnesota high school (or middle school) students to screen at the 2016 EDU Film Festival. Submit entries in the Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Animation, or PSA categories. Official Selections will be screened as part of the 2016 EDU Film Festival, on May 13th, at the Showplace Icon Theater, in St. Louis Park's West End.