Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Never More Important!

It has never been more important to teach our students the skills and values necessary to effectively communicate in today’s digital world. Since 2000 our film festival has given voice to student filmmakers from Friends schools worldwide. Each year we ask our network of Quaker schools to submit films and public service announcements that celebrate our diversity and reflect our shared values.

Please encourage your school community to get involved with the Bridge Film Festival. For complete details go bridgefilmfestival.org.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Branch Out with the QYLC 2018


For the fifth year in a row the Bridge Film Festival will be presenting films at the Quaker Youth Leadership Conference in Durham North Carolina on Friday, February 2nd. 


This year the conference is hosted by Carolina Friends School with help from New Garden Friends School. The theme of the conference this year will be "Growing Communities through service and storytelling. A perfect fit!  A selection of films, reflective of the conference theme will be chosen from the Bridge Film Festival YouTube Channel and screened at the event.


Since 1999 the Quaker Youth Leadership Conference has invited six upper school students and two faculty members from Friends Schools worldwide to a three-day gathering of learning, service, worship and fun.  Although the name of the conference is a bit of a misnomer because the vast majority of attendees are not of the Quaker faith, I consider the QYLC to be the preeminent gathering in Friends education.

Each school selects their students in their own unique way. While the students may come from very diverse places, at the conference there is an notable atmosphere of respect and celebration of the individual as well as of our shared values
. If your upper school has not attended this extraordinary event in the past, there is never a better time than now to sign up and join this celebration of community! 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Update: "Quaker Film Course"

Last February, the first Bridge Film Festival entries for 2017 was received from Friends School Mullica Hill with an inspirational letter about how the BFF was influential in a Quaker Studies course. With film advisor and teacher, Jared Valdez's permission, it was included in a post about the experience, "Quaker Film Course"

As fate would have it, the class won a Judges' Choice Award for their Public Service Announcement,  "Be a Friend, Not a Bully."


Head of School, Beth Reaves, presented 7th grade with their trophy and certificates for winning the Judge's Choice Award at the Bridge Film Festival. Congratulations 7th Grade!

Monday, July 3, 2017