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Entries sought for Virginia Film Festival

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

CHARLOTTESVILLE – University of Virginia is seeking entries for its 27th Annual Virginia Film Festival, to be held Nov. 6-9.

Filmmakers from throughout Virginia and internationally can submit feature films, documentaries, short films, animation and experimental works in the annual contest.

“Our call for entries continues to be a great way for us to share some outstanding films and filmmakers with our audiences, and plays an increasingly large role in what we do and the reputation we are building,” said VFF Programmer and Operations Manager Wesley Harris. “This is where fledgling filmmakers and new films of all sizes can find a home and an audience.”

Although the deadline for submissions is July 25, it has been extended to Aug. 22. Submissions are free for Virginia residents and students, but all others must pay a $10 to $50 fee.

Complete guidelines for film submissions are available at www.virginiafilmfestival.org/participate/call-for-entries/. The submissions can be made online at the same address or be mailed to Virginia Film Festival, Attn: Wesley Harris, P.O. Box 400869, Charlottesville, VA  22904.

Filmmakers whose entries are selected will be notified by Oct. 3. All accepted films are eligible for category-specific Audience Awards and Programmer’s Choice Awards.

For submission questions, contact Harris at wesleyharris@virginia.edu or call 434-243-6830.

The 2013 festival took in $120,156 at the box office, breaking a record for the fifth year in a row. Sales in 2013 marked an 11 percent increase over 25th Anniversary sales in 2012.

Five of last year’s films earned Oscar nods: Nebraska, Philomena, August: Osage County, The Missing Picture, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Virginia Film Festival will announce its complete 2014 program in early October. For more information, visit www.virginiafilmfestival.org.

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