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Who in Washington needs Oscars when White House rolls out carpet for its own film fest?

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the National Organizing Summit in Washington. Two days before attention shifts to Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, the White House will try to create a little buzz for America’s future filmmakers. At a festival Friday afternoon, Feb. 28, 2014, the president will recognize the best of nearly 2,500 short films that were submitted by K-12 students on the role of technology in education. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the National Organizing Summit in Washington. Two days before attention shifts to Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, the White House will try to create a little buzz for America’s future filmmakers. At a festival Friday afternoon, Feb. 28, 2014, the president will recognize the best of nearly 2,500 short films that were submitted by K-12 students on the role of technology in education. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he wanted to bring the atmosphere of the Academy Awards to the White House early.

Obama hosted a student film festival in the East Room, with two big screens set up to show the winning work. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade were invited to submit three-minute videos about the role technology plays in their education.

White House staff narrowed the nearly 2,500 submissions down to 16 for the festival.

Obama says the festival is just like the Oscars scheduled or Sunday "except nobody asks what you're wearing."

Obama declared the winners "awesome."

He said he wants to bring the spirit of technology in the classroom to schools across the country.

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