School District Welcome Videos

Videographer Tyson Paris-Hansen records 7th grader Wesley Seawright talking about his experiences as a new student at North Pole Middle School as filming takes place for use in Fairbanks North Star Borough School District new student welcome videos Tuesday morning, March 20, 2018.

The school district has partnered with an Alaska marketing company to put on a film festival with submissions from the local community.

The first ever Mammoth Film Festival, held by Mammoth Marketing in partnership with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, is set to screen select films at the West Valley Performing Arts Center on Feb. 7.

Mammoth Marketing is a Fairbanks based advertising agency. The festival is open to all ages, so anyone from the community can participate. The school district got involved to get local students to join in.

“They reached out to us and we are partnering with them for this event to try to engage some of our students,” said Yumi McCulloch, district spokeswoman.

The goal is to get students involved in the filmmaking process, according to McCulloch, and since students of this age range are really into videos, the festival is “a nice, structured way for them to create something and show their creativity in a family friendly form.”

It’s a way to get some recognition as well. Filmmakers will be presented with prizes, including the Audience Choice Golden Mammoth Award.

Submissions are being accepted in MP4 format, under one gigabyte of space and can be shot using whatever camera is handy, including one on a phone.

“We’re looking for you to tell your story with whatever you have, so grab a DSLR, a cellphone, a GoPro, whatever,” said Tyler Williams, Mammoth Marketing owner, in a video introducing the festival, “and it can be crazy; it can be zany; it can be weird; it can be funny; it can be heartfelt — we just want to see your story.”

The festival is accepting resubmissions until Wednesday. For more information, rules, registration and some helpful tips readers can visit

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