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Announcing the JIS Film Festival, a red-carpet event that will showcase the talents of JIS High School student filmmakers.


The JIS Film Festival is open to all JIS High School students. If you are an aspiring filmmaker, actor or actress, cartoonist, or all-around film fan, chances are, you’ll find a role at the JIS Film Festival. Entries accepted from IB Film students, filmmakers in non-IB courses, as well as with independent filmmakers.

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To be considered for the JIS Film Festival, your film must be an original production by you and your cast and crew, no longer than 7 minutes.

The entry deadline is noon, March 23rd.

All movies must be formatted at 720p or larger. Your entry must be submitted for judging as a data file, in the required format: MOV. A folder will be linked to our website, allowing filmmakers to upload directly. ALLOW FOR PLENTY OF TIME!!

Entries must not include plagiarized, unconsented, illegal or copyrighted material. Eligible Genres are below.

For further details click here

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Awards go to top three finishers, based on overall cinematic quality and narrative quality, regardless of genre. (Rubric pending)
Golden Dragon
Silver Dragon
Bronze Dragon
Junior Dragon (only Middle School Films eligible)

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Your film could be screened at a red-carpet event attended by a panel of judges from the independent film industry. Mark your calendars for the 20th of April at 4:00p.m. in the FAT!


These genres are all suggestions; All films submitted do not need to be of these genres and will not be judged by genre chosen.

Public Service Announcement

A Public Service Announcement, or PSA, is a short film designed to teach others about important social or community issues in hopes of persuading others to change their behaviors or attitudes.

Music Video

Music videos are short films accompanied by an original piece of music. Often music video directors attempt to match the tone and meaning of their songs with the images appearing on screen. These can be powerfully moving works of art.

Informative Film

The informative video award celebrates a broad range of talents. Informative films can be instructional, entertaining, and even humorous. The point is that we come away having learned something.


A documentary is a non-fiction genre of film that presents facts about a person or an event. Students have the unique challenge of presenting their material in a compelling and persuasive, yet still informative manner.

Narrative Film

Narrative Film category encompasses all films that tell a story using various filmmaking techniques. These may be dramatic, funny, suspenseful, or awe-inspiring.


A film that is composed using production techniques of cartoon, stop-motion, CGI, etc.

Experimental Film

These films are characterized by an effort to push the boundaries of film techniques. Examples include films that are impressionistic, avant-garde, provocative, or unconventional in terms of form or narrative.


Celebrity Judge: George Arif

George Arif has been in the industry since 1999. In 2003, he established his own production company, SPIN Productions, which mainly produces documentaries, TV Programs, corporate videos and TV Commercials. He has worked with international film companies, and his co-productions have been broadcasted in countries around the world, including USA, UK, Germany, Hong Kong, and Australia. He loves nature, and his greatest interest is people.


Javier Castro

Born in Spain, Mr. Castro earned his MA in Computer Science and has a Masters in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language.
Work experience in United States, United Arab Emirates, China, and Jakarta, Indonesia.
Favorite movie by far is Casablanca; also, a fan of great movies being produced in the Spanish-speaking world . . . . ¨Luz, cámara, ¡acción!¨

Andrew Curtis

Born in the United States; lived in Pakistan, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Brazil as a third culture kid.
More recently, I have taught History, English and Humanities in the U.S., Syria, China, and at JIS for the past three years.
I enjoy a wide range of English-language and International films, particularly the work of Stanley Kubrick, Wong Kar-wai, and the Coen Brothers.

Yuichiro Hara

Yuichiro Hara has worked as an assistant script editor and trained as a stuntman in Los Angeles; high school literature teacher; IB Film teacher for three years.
His taste in movies is as diverse as director George Miller’s work: Lorenzo’s Oil (1992), Happy Feet (2006), and the Mad Max films (1979, 1981, 1985, 2015), and he appreciates good storytelling in all forms.
Three films that he can always watch again are Blade Runner (1982), Edward Scissorhands (1990), and Sunny (써니, 2011). Currently, his favorite directors are Zhang Yimou and Guillermo del Toro.

Matthew MacMillan

Originally from Toronto, Canada and currently working in the Social Studies Department at JIS High School.
Life experience: lived in Colombia, Pakistan, China and now Jakarta, Indonesia.
A fan of Toronto International Film Festival and JIS FilmFest!

Samantha Wasson

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, I have two Masters degrees, have taught for 11 years and lived in Vietnam before arriving in Indonesia in 2016. At JIS, I teach TOK and English, and teaching through film is my favourite educational strategy.

As a child I watched movies on repeat- I knew every word to Mary Poppins, the Wizard of Oz and Robin Hood. As a teenager this morphed into obsessively quoting Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, Clueless and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I like to think- hope?- my tastes have matured with age and regularly watch the films of Quentin Tarantino, Alfred Hitchcock and Kevin Smith (for the LOLs). Other films I love include Pleasantville, Edward Scissorhands, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Memento, Fight Club and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

At university I was involved in short film production and in Vietnam I helped run the Saigon leg of the global monthly short film festival, Future Shorts. On planes, I always seek out international movies first and I've attended the Sydney Film Festival for the past decade. I'm looking forward to checking out what the JIS Film Fest has on offer.


The Film Festival Coordinating Committee meets after school on Mondays in F207. Join us to learn more about the program, and to offer suggestions and support. The Film Festival's supervising teacher is Dr. Carpenter.