Andrew Jenks is helping teens turn a major hardship into art. Credit: Getty Images Andrew Jenks is helping launch teens' film-making careers.
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Why wait until after graduation for your voice to be heard? Filmmaker and "World of Jenks" star Andrew Jenks is giving high schoolers the chance to speak out now. Jenks founded and is hosting the All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF), taking place October 24-26 here in New York City.

The festival received more than 2,000 submissions from 48 states and 17 countries. Of these, 294 have been chosen to screen at the film festival, which is expecting more than 2,000 students from across the country to attend.


“This is a record setting year for the AAHSFF as we saw the highest number of film submissions and overall participation from students and professional filmmakers alike, who want to come together and collaborate on the future of filmmaking,” Andrew Jenks says in a press release. “We will have keynotes and discussions from some of the most notable filmmakers in the world, who all want to give back, teach and inspire young filmmakers just getting started.”

Some of these filmmakers and actors include Alysia Reiner (actress, "Orange Is The New Black"), Brianna Brown (actress, "True Blood), "Carlton Cuse (producer, "Lost), Doug Ellin (creator, "Entourage"), Josh Schwartz (screenwriter, "Gossip Girl,") and Kristen Stewart.

To buy tickets, go to hsfilmfest.comand to see a full list of films and the screening time, go

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