Launched in 2011, this nomadic film festival showcases the digital storytelling by filmmakers from around the world, organized by The Reel Deal of THINK Global School, the world’s first traveling boarding school.
The Traveling Shorts Film Festival has two main objectives:
- celebrating short films created by filmmakers around the globe
- sharing them with anyone anywhere
TravShortsFest believes that students have unique global perspectives and powerful storytelling abilities through their artistic and technical skills in film. While many film festivals encourage high school student submissions and incorporate student categories, TravShortsFest aims to put these young, global storytellers in the limelight and connect them digitally to spark greater collaborations, conversations, and understandings of global importance.
This year’s Film Festival will take place in Florence, Italy.
About The Reel Deal
The Traveling Shorts Film Festival is coordinated by the film club at THINK Global School, adequately named the The Reel Deal.
THINK Global School is a traveling boarding school that visits three new countries per year. Students and staff come from all over the world and travel together in their host countries while also completing the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
At the end of each academic year, the Reel Deal hosts the Traveling Shorts Film Festival in a local venue of the host country at the time–hence its nomadic nature.
How TravShortsFest began
This yearly tradition began with a school assignment in 2011 in the city of Cuenca, Ecuador. THINK Global School students shot and edited original films in their Creative Arts class and hoped to share their work with a larger audience. They invited the students of their host school at the time, Colegio Alemán Stiehle Cuenca, and hosted a dynamic event with mocktails, an MC, awards, and Q&As.
Based on the success of the first event, students and staff coordinated another event the following year, this time in the host country of the United States. Creative Director Willem B. took the reigns, making this a student-driven event, and opened the submissions to students beyond the THINK Global School community. The venue of the Raab Lecture Hall in the Boston Public Library elevated the festival to a celebration of the arts, and thus a tradition was born at THINK Global School.
We’ve since had festivals in Japan, Greece, and now Italy, and every one of them keeps getting bigger and better. In 2016, we began using the database Film Freeway and increased our previous number of submissions by 8700%. This event is a product of year-long planning on behalf of students and staff members, and the Reel Deal members are incredibly proud of what they have started. Here are some of those dedicated members.