Short film contest announced

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at 7:04 PM

The Greater Erie Film Office and Greater Erie Arts Rentals (GEAR) at Penn State-Behrend have announced the second half of their 2016 Short Film Competition.

The contest is open to all Pennsylvania residents, where competition entrants will use the winning script from the previous Short Screenplay Competition, titled “This Is How A Road Gets Made,” and “create innovative, thought-provoking films that explore the theme of immigration,” according to a press release by GEAR.

The screenplay, written by Kalli Oberlander, follows the story of two siblings who move to the United States and struggle to fit in and cope with “the horrific past they fight to leave behind.”

All entries will be judged based on creativity and innovation, cinematography, acting, sound design and editing. Requirements include an entry fee of $40, no use of stock footage, use of original or copyright-approved music, a run time of 20 minutes and the film must be submitted digitally.

The first place entry will receive $500 cash, a $500 Greater Erie Arts Rentals voucher, free admission to all 2017 Greater Erie Film Office Seminars, a Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania membership card and notes from the judges on your submission.

Second place will receive a $250 Greater Erie Arts Rentals voucher, free admission to all 2017 Greater Erie Film Office seminars, a Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania membership card and judges notes on your submission.

Third place will receive a Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania membership card and notes from the judges. 

More information on the competition and entry submission can be found at filmerie.com The deadline to enter the competition is Oct 31.

Kimberly Firestine is the arts editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

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