With the success of the Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival, MCSFO is proud to announce an exciting and unique children's sci-fi film festival - Kids with S.T.E.A.M.! For years, like the science fiction genre, most STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields have been a white male dominated industry. According to the National Science Foundation, women, persons with disabilities and certain minority groups - specifically - African Americans, Hispanics and American Indians are underrepresented in STEM fields. And for those who do pursue it as a field of study or occupation, leave within a few years! The inclusion of the Arts in S.T.E.A.M. is very important, as it encourages creativity and innovation, which are all vital for scientific breakthroughs. Some of the most amazing artists like, Leonardo da Vinci was also a great scientist! Science fiction films are a great vehicle for exploring concepts in science, technology, and social issues.
This Spring, we will bring these worlds together by screening short films, promoting these fields within a science fiction narrative, to Georgia schools! The first Kids with S.T.E.A.M. (KWS) Science Fiction Film Festival will be held at Mason Elementary School in Duluth, Georgia. This will be a PRIVATE Screening event for students, faculty and staff at the school.
MCSFO will work with filmmakers all over the world to create G-Rated (General Audience) film shorts that have diverse, relatable characters and culturally relevant narratives. This will help to maximize competitiveness in the industry and secure their future as inventors and creators in an increasingly technological world!