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Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship

The Program

If you are a young filmmaker or if you love film and like to discuss and share your opinions on film, consider applying for the Tallgrass Film Festival Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship program.

In 2013, TFA created the Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship to provide an opportunity for area students (18 and under) to learn about how festival films are critiqued and programmed. The students will have the chance to see movies from around the world and understand how their peers, in different countries, are using technology to create independent films. They are also tasked with fostering appreciation for film and promoting awareness of the Tallgrass Film Association's events and educational opportunities amongst their peer groups.

Blaise Webster, a member of the 2014 EPA says, “Part of what made it so great, is that I was able to interact with people of my own age, who shared the same passion as I do.”  Webster calls the opportunity “an amazing experience.”

Student programmers play an integral role in selecting the Joel Fein Emerging Filmmaker Program (films made by those 18 and younger), as well as Smallgrass, the festival's family-friendly program and in-school festival screenings. In addition, they will serve on the jury that awards the Best Emerging Filmmaker Short Film Award.

The program will consist of 3-5 group screenings over the summer, with deliberations in the fall. Each student will receive an Emerging Programmer Apprentice Pass for the festival, plus one TALLPass for a parent or guardian. In some circumstances, the program may be considered for volunteer hours (based on the school's requirements.)

“We’re excited to be able to offer this educational opportunity to the next generation of filmmakers in the Wichita region,” said Co-Programming Director Gretchen Mitchell. “Our Programming team is looking forward to working with students, getting their feedback and learning from them.”

Download and complete the 2015 Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship Application here. Completed applications must be returned by April 20, 2015.

2014 Emerging Programmer Apprentices


Mariah Hall

School: Andover Central High School (Junior)
Three Films that Have Inspired Me: THE BIG LEBOWSKI, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, DONNIE DARKO


Meg Jack
School: Wichita East High School (Junior)
Three Films that Have Inspired Me: WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, DONNIE DARKO


Jackson Laurie

School: Wichita East High School (Sophomore)
Three Films that Have Inspired Me: FIGHT CLUB, PULP FICTION, NAPOELEON DYNAMITE


Satchel Owens

School: Wichita East High School (Sophomore)
Three Films that Have Inspired Me: THE KING'S SPEECH, METROPOLIS (2001), SPIRITED AWAY


Blaise Webster
School: The Independent School (Sophomore)
Three Films that Have Inspired Me: ROCKY, AMERICAN MOVIE, KING KONG (1933)