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Kid In The Spotlight (KITS) is a new 501©(3) non-profit organization providing a unique arts program to foster care facilities and to schools throughout the city of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. KITS uses their own professional staff, computers, and camera equipment to train underserved youth to create, write, cast, and star in their own short films. KITS’ 10-week program culminates into an annual film festival competition where they display the films and offer awards for outstanding achievements. The movies will be screened at a theater in Los Angeles and the organization is funded by private donations, corporate sponsorships, and grants. The program does not require any financial obligations for the facilities they visit.

Mission

To train and develop future filmmakers, ages 10 -17, who are in foster care programs or who come from lower income families, to create, write, cast, and star in their own 10-minute short films for an annual film festival competition where KITS present “movies by kids, for kids”.

Vision

To create an annual film festival event that will be like an Oscar night experience for the youth. This festival will introduce these talented young writers and actors to Hollywood’s casting directors, agents, producers, etc…. This experience will motivate these kids to become the writers, producers, actors, and crew members of tomorrow’s films.

Objective

The purpose of KITS is to provide underprivileged youth with an introduction to and training for the art of filmmaking. This program is intended to encourage interest in careers in the film industry, which is so prevalent in Los Angeles. Simultaneously, the teamwork, creativity, and discipline required to complete the short films will help the young participants develop a better self image and a sense of accomplishment that will engender a greater belief in their ability to rise above their current social and economic conditions in order to realize their dreams.

Strategy

♣ We offer 4 workshops a year at various schools or foster care facilities

♣ Kids attend a 10-week filmmaking workshop

♣ 2 days a week, 2-hours each session, Monday – Saturday

♣ 20 kids, ages 10-17, divided into 4 groups of 5

♣ 5 weeks of developing and writing a script using Final Draft software

♣ 3 weeks of developing acting skills

♣ 2 weeks of film production, including the casting of each group’s script

♣ We present an annual film festival competition

♣ We enlist working child actors to judge the film competition and present the following awards:

- Best Film

- Best Actor

- Best Supporting Actor

- Best Story

- Best Overall Team Work

For more info, visit www.kitsinc.org.