With Oscars Just Two Days Away, Watch President Obama's White House Student Film Festival

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By Johnlee Varghese | March 1, 2014 12:05 AM EST

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White House Student Film Festival/The White House

On Friday, at exactly 2:30pm EST, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will try to drum up support for the White House Film Festival. With the Oscars just two days away, the White House wants to get all the support for promoting the films by American students.

The White House Student Film Festival is a part of Obama’s grand plans to connect students to technology and promote filmmaking, which seems to be a newfound interest of the US President.

President Obama, who has revealed an ambitious project to connect 99 percent of American students to the next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years, has also announced that some of America's largest companies have promised $750 million to deliver cutting-edge technologies to classrooms, including devices, free software, teacher professional development and home wireless connectivity.

The White House Student Film Festival will be live streamed.

"A couple months ago, we asked students all across the country to tell us about the technology in their classrooms. We asked them to tell us why technology is so important, and how it will change the educational experience for kids in the future. They stepped up to the challenge in a big way: We received more than 2,500 official entries," according to a White House statement,

American Film Institute, in collaboration with the White House, will screen the finalists' works. On Friday, a total of 16 official selections will be screened at the White House.

"They're not just really impressive films - together, they tell the story of exactly why it's so important that we make sure more classrooms have the kind of cutting-edge technology they promote," the statement added.

The event is expected to be a star-studded ceremony that includes actor-director Kal Penn, Bill Nye the Science Guy, author Neil deGrasse Tyson and TV host and comedian Conan O’Brien.

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