AFI Teams With White House for Student Film Festival

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The event, spotlighting technology in the classroom, is set for Feb. 28.

The American Film Institute will be a co-sponsor of the White House's student film festival, the nonprofit film organization announced Wednesday.  

The festival -- which showcases the best of the short films submitted by K-12 students on the topic of technology in the classroom -- will be held in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 28. Fox and National Geographic channels will screen the forthcoming TV series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, at the event. 

"AFI is proud and honored to support the White House in its celebration of tomorrow’s storytellers," said AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale in a statement. "Here they have shown that film and technology will help lead the nation forward -- an enduring reminder that movies matter."

President Obama is set to make remarks at the event. The festival will include appearances by former White House press official (and Harold & Kumar actor) Kal Penn, Bill Nye and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, according to a White House blog post