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KIDS with S.T.E.A.M. (KWS) film short festival uses cinema to broaden the perception of professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.   To inspire under-represented young students to become the next generation leaders in S.T.E.A.M.!
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With the success of the Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival, MCSFO is proud to announce an exciting and unique children's sci-fi film festival - Kids with S.T.E.A.M.!  For years, like the science fiction genre, most STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields have been a white male dominated industry. According to the National Science Foundation, women, persons with disabilities and certain minority groups - specifically - African Americans, Hispanics and American Indians are underrepresented in STEM fields.  And for those who do pursue it as a field of study or occupation, leave within a few years! The inclusion of the Arts in S.T.E.A.M. is very important, as it encourages creativity and innovation, which are all vital for scientific breakthroughs.  It will help maximize competitiveness in the industry and secure their future as inventors and creators in an increasingly technological world!  Some of the most amazing artists like, Leonardo da Vinci was also a great scientist!  Science fiction films are a great vehicle for exploring concepts in science, technology, and social issues.

MCSFO works with filmmakers from all over the world to create G-Rated (General Audience) film shorts that have diverse, relatable characters and culturally relevant narratives.  We are always on the look out for the best Animated and Live Action short films for the annual Festival.

private festival screenings will begin
spring 2020 in atlanta area schools
mcsfo to bring this event to your school or community center!

All submissions were screened and judged by
Cartoon Network, Toon Boom Animation, and MCSFO

Congrats to director Justin Lee and writer Lindsay Lee for their
awesome work on Miikshi the Meek Sheep in The Cosmic Potato
Listen to Justin & Lindsay interview on the MCSFO Podcast
Young Talented Michaela Olabisi director of
The Missing Element won for
Best Student Documentary Short!
Michaela Olabisi on the MCSFO Podcast
Congratulations to Melissa Saunders and Jordan Walker of
Eagle's Landing High School for creating, Finding X
The Best Original Short!
Podcast Interview with: Melissa Saunders, Ryan Cheverino,
Jordan Walker and Kendall Jenkins


In Spring 2018, MCSFO presented the first Kids with S.T.E.A.M. (KWS) Science Fiction Film Festival to Gwinnett County elementary school.   This Private Screening event brings the fields of STEM and the world of Arts/Cinema together to create S.T.E.A.M.

And special thanks to all the children, and school officials & Staff
who helped to make our first annual KWS Sci-fi film festival a huge success!!

Girl & robot

by Mads Jakobsen
Girl & Robot Film Reviews
from 4th & 5th Grade Students
"I liked the lesson that this film taught.  The robot was able to act on it's own, and even though the girl got frustrated and blew up the robot, it still saved her life, and helped her realize that she should have stepped back and looked at what was going on instead of getting frustrated."
"I liked that the girl had perseverance."
"She needed engineering to make the robot, math to program it, technology to make it work, art to draw blue prints and science to also program it."
"The animation is good for a 2008 film!"
"It was well thought out and well animated."
"I like this film because it was beautiful how the robot saved the girls life."
Girl & Robot Film Reviews
from 4th & 5th Grade Students
"I liked that it teaches you a lesson to
not give up!"
"I think it was good for school."
"The quality of the film was very good, especially as it was made 10 years ago."
"Creative, Emotional and Imaginative"
"I like how it gives you the punch
without dialogue."
"She learned from her mistakes.  Take step by step to make something succeed."
"I liked it because she learned a lesson about being more patient."
"It shows what will happen if you get too angry, and didn't pay attention on how to fix it."

Children of perseverance valley

by Samantha McEachin-Ifill
Children of Perseverance Valley
Film Reviews from
4th & 5th Grade Students
"One thing I like about this film is the idea of "Girl Power" and a little boy, means you can do anything no matter age or gender."
"I liked how they kept their faith."
"I liked this film because it gave an insight to what it is like to live on Mars and being able to break expectations of only boys going to space."
"I liked the part where the stars created the people."
"They were being leaders."
"I liked how the kids went to mars instead of adults."
"I liked it because it showed that even kids can do big things."
Children of Perseverance Valley
FilmReviews from
4th & 5th Grade Students
"I liked that more girls were showcased.  I liked the storyline."
"I liked the film because it was problem solving."
"I like this story because the kids was trying to work together and went to mars and plant vegetables.  It was so cool.  Thank you for showing this movie to us."
"I liked that the kids who went to mars were mostly girls."
"I liked how it included vocabulary."
"Being in school can help you succeed!"
"I liked how it gave you some facts about them and Mars."
Contact MCSFO to bring Kids with STEAM film festival to your school, library or community center!