DIGICOM Student and Teacher Film Festival is an annual showcase of the best student videos created from grades K-12. In the past seven years, DIGICOM Film Festival participants have seen their films recognized internationally, changed the image of an entire community, and brought awareness to such far-reaching issues as immigration, equality, sustainability and health and wellness. DIGICOM Film Festival has changed students’ lives.
The annual attendance at the DIGICOM Film Festival has reached over 1,000 a year and the quality and number of the video submissions has dramatically increased each year. In 2016, to enable the student and teacher work to be more widely recognized, an Elementary Film Festival and a “trendy” high school student short narrative film festival – DIGICOM X – was added and enthusiastically embraced by the community-at-large.
DIGICOM Learning Institute provides teachers and students with the training and support necessary to enable them to facilitate digital storytelling in the classroom. DIGICOM has worked for the past eight years with the Palm Springs Unified School Distict (PSUSD) professional development department to provide training for teachers of all levels of experience to increase their digital storytelling knowledge and skills. Last year we opened our workshops to include districts across Riverside County.
The DIGICOM Leaning Institute provides training within a focused five-course sequenced curriculum structure in which teachers move from beginning to advanced levels of digital storytelling implementation. The five-course sequence has been accredited by the University of California, Riverside. Teachers that successfully complete all five courses earn the DIGICOM Professional Certification. Our first class or Certificed DIGICOM Teachers will be graduating in the summer of 2017.
The DIGICOM After School Digital Filmmaking Clubs are designed to provide students with the opportunity to spend concentrated time to “find their stories” and receive the individualized attention to develop their storytelling and moviemaking skills. DIGICOM supports the clubs with the necessary funds to pay the teacher advisors and to provide equipment, including cameras, computers, software, and peripherals.