Out of 6,467 short films submitted from U.S. and international filmmakers, 81 were selected for the Jan. 20-30 festival. And while the young filmmakers are thrilled with the recognition, they're worried about getting to the festival, said director Donavan Seschillie.
Michael Sangsteer, the main character of "The Rocket Boy," is a sixth-grader at Sinagua Middle School. Sangsteer began working on the short film in 2007, when he was 8. His first role was in the short film "Imagine," directed by Peaches. The film was created for a contest held by the National Museum of the American Indian's showcase, "Thanksgiving Revisited: New Views by Young Filmmakers."