AIFF Offers Winter Break Activity for Bored Kids: Make a Film!

Ashland, Oregon – Parents love having their kids home for winter break but inevitably after a few days (or even a few hours) they hear, “I’m bored!” Well here is the perfect activity to keep them busy over break. Have them make a short film! It’s creative, teaches patience and encourages cooperative play.

They could even have the chance to see their film play on the big screen! Young people who live in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine or Klamath counties in Oregon; Del Norte or Siskiyou counties in California can submit their short films (must be under 5 minutes) for FREE to the Ashland Independent Film Festival’s (AIFF) LAUNCH Student Film Competition. Everyone who submits receives two tickets to the festival (April 6-10)! Winning films are screened during the festival, and the filmmaker receives cash prizes, and a pass to all 90+ films and special events. There they can interact with filmmakers from around the world and participate in Q&A’s after the screenings.

The deadline to submit is January 6, 2017 so now is the perfect time to have them get started.

Need some inspiration to get the kids going? Here are seven holiday themed ideas to spring them into action:

  1. Here We Come A-Wassailing Get out and explore your neighborhood. A story may be waiting just around the corner.
  2. Over the River and Through the Woods If you could travel anywhere real or imagined where would you go? How would you get there?
  3. Winter Wonderland Do you like to ski, skate, or hike? Document your next outdoor adventure.
  4. Frosty the Snowman We’ve all heard of claymation but what about snowmation?
  5. All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth If you could wish for anything what would it be?
  6. Silent Night What do you dream about?
  7. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Get the family pet involved!

All film genres are accepted: animation, documentary, or narrative—it’s up to them! There are five categories with cash prizes: grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12, college undergrads, and PridePrize. The PridePrize is a special prize for outstanding student-made films that speak to the LGBTQ+ experience. All regional student filmmakers, grades 9-12 and college undergrads, are eligible for the PridePrize. This prize is made possible by a generous gift from the LGBTQ Juvenile Justice Fund of the Equity Foundation.

Have a question? Check out LAUNCH FAQs at, or contact the Ashland Independent Film Festival at  The LAUNCH program is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Prizes made possible by the Rotary Club of Ashland Lithia Springs.

So this winter break give your kids the gift of film, give yourself the gift of a peaceful home, and truly make it the most wonderful time of the year!