By Terri Lee Sylvester

DETROIT (WWJ) – Want to make a movie but don’t know where to start? Or, are you a young filmmaker with a project already in the can that you would like to showcase?  DAFT can help!

For more than four decades, Digital Arts Film & Television – more commonly referred to as DAFT – has been an important resource for Metro Detroit film/video teachers and their students.

DAFT’s mission is to promote media literacy through the creative use of film and video. They do this by conducting workshops and conferences for teachers and media professionals. The non-profit organization also develops student involvement in media arts and studies through its annual statewide festival, scholarships and special workshops for students, and provides support for emerging media artists through promotional and fiduciary assistance.

DAFT is currently accepting entries into its 46th annual Michigan Student Film Festival, which is open to students in grades K-12. Click here for details on how to enter. Keep in mind that the entry deadline is February 14, 2014, so don’t delay!

And just in case you’re wondering, DAFT has helped a number of students realize their dreams of working in the film industry. DAFT alumni include Dan Scanlon, who directed the 2013 hit Disney-Pixar film, Monsters University, starring the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman as the wise-cracking Mike Wazowski and lovable James P. “Sully” Sullivan.

Good luck and I’ll see you at the movies!

Follow Terri on Twitter @TerriJLee


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