June 2, 2011

NEWS / PROJECTS: The PBS and Adobe Foundations Join with POV in Awarding Grantsto 15 Documentary Projects by Young Filmmakers (USA)

Project VoiceScape Collaboration Provides Funding, Pairs Leading FilmmakersWith Emerging Teen Artists Nationwide

NEW YORK, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Adobe and PBS Foundations, together with the PBS series POV, are pleased to announce that 15 projects by 22 teen filmmakers will receive grants from Project VoiceScape, a collaboration between the Adobe Foundation's global signature philanthropy program Adobe Youth Voices and POV, public television's longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films.

Project VoiceScape encourages middle- and high-school students nationwide to use digital media tools to create compelling stories about issues and concerns important to them. The 15 winning projects will be awarded $2,000 each in completion funds, and the students will be mentored by award-winning documentary filmmakers. In addition, three finalists will be selected and featured on the POV website (www.pbs.org/pov), PBS Teachers website (www.pbs.org/teachers) and Adobe Foundation websites. Project VoiceScape grant recipients will be honored at an event in Washington, D.C., in October 2011 (details to be announced).

Project VoiceScape is also providing select PBS member stations nationwide with funds to support student-created media training from KQED San Francisco's Digital Media Center, and software donated by Adobe. These PBS stations will become part of the Adobe Youth Voices network, providing opportunities to showcase students' work and collaborate with other Adobe Youth Voices participants around the globe.

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