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The 7GCTE Film Challenge introduces Portland Public Schools middle school students, 75% of them living in high poverty neighborhoods, to the tools, processes, protocols and creative potential of the moving image arts. The program is part of a larger district-wide initiative called 7GCTE which is designed to encourage retention and graduation rates through Career Technology Education offerings. It is one of the Film Center’s numerous efforts at giving voice to K-12 and under-represented communities through opportunities to watch, learn and make film.

Through the program, over 300 PPS 7th grade students visit the Film Center’s downtown Portland facility for a 3-day, hands-on filmmaking experience working with either live action green screen technology, stop motion animation or computer animation. The challenge? To write, cast, shoot/animate and edit an original short film with the time and resources available.

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 participating schools. 96% stepped up to successfully meet the challenge!

“My students had a great time at NW Film Center! Not only did they explore their creativity and collaborate with teammates, but they also learned skills that they could use back in the classroom and share with their other classmates.” —2018 7GCTE Film Challenge Teacher

Special thanks to:
2017-2018 Participating Schools
Astor School
Bridger School
Cesar Chavez  School
Faubion School
George Middle School
Harrison Park School
Jackson Middle School
Laurelhurst School
Lents School
Odyssey School
Ockley Green Middle School
Scott School

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.