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


For the first time ever, The Oscar's Challenge, where anybody can get into groups of 2-3 and use their film knowledge to predict which nominee will win in each category!

Psst! There's Awards!


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 from IB Film students will be placed in the appropriate genre, competing with projects from 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 List Pending

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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!

2017 JIS Film Festival Event Program


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.


Best screenplay is an award for the best screenplay, following conventions of the genre. The screenplay may or may not have an actual film counterpart.


Celebrity Judge: Clifford Miu

Born in Canada and raised in Taiwan, Clifford Miu is a writer, director and producer who graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He is the co-founder of Bering Pictures Inc., a film financing and development company that produces short form content by artistic voices from all over the world. Recently, he has worked on Martin Scorsese's film, SILENCE, and wrote and directed PORCUPINE, which was part of the 2017 Santa Barbara International Film Festival's official selection.


Celebrity Judge: Joy Ernanny

Joy Ernanny is a TV documentaries producer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, working since 2011 for GloboNews. She was recently involved in distinguished productions such as “Syria on the Run,” about Aleppo during the Civil War, nominated for the 2016 International Emmy Award for Current Affairs Documentaries. Joy also produced and scripted “Starving for Goals,” a short documentary about young Haitian immigrants who aspire to become professional soccer players in Brazil, awarded Best Foreign Documentary at the Matera Sports Film Festival. Her career in documentaries began in 2013 while producing a series about youth lifestyle in Brazilian favelas. In this yearlong project, she traveled from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo, Recife and Brasília to research and then film with subjects who represent important cultural movements rarely portrayed by mainstream media. Joy graduated from New York University in 2011, where she studied journalism and politics. While at NYU, she was selected to work as an intern at CNN Heroes, a television special that shows individuals around the world who make outstanding contributions to humanitarian aid and make a difference in their communities. After this remarkable experience, Joy discovered her passion for impact journalism, and has ever since pursued topics that provoke social inquiry and inspire change.


Celebrity Judge: Robyn Owen Silvestri

Robyn Owen Silvestri, CSA is a Casting Director and Associate Casting Director in the motion picture & TV industry with more than 20 years experience.

The latest film project Robyn has been involved with the Disney Studios adaptation of the famous Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time”, directed by Oscar-nominated Ava Duvernay (“13th”, “Selma”), which has just wrapped principle photography March 12, 2017 and expected in theaters in April, 2018.

She is currently working on 16 episodes of Season 2 of the OWN Network’s TV series “Queen Sugar”, a TV adaptation of Natalie Baszile’s book “Queen Sugar, that Ava Duvernay directed for Season 1 and also executive produced with Oprah Winfrey.


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.