The festival’s goal is to showcase short films that spotlight the best of local filmmaking talent, from students to professionals to everyone in between. The festival will also include a works-in-progress segment, and audience choice awards for the most popular films.
They are now accepting submissions of short films for the festival–finished films or works in progress. The deadline is Friday, January 22, 2010. The entry fee is $10.
To be considered for entry, the majority of each film needs to have been shot in one of the following counties: Greene, Montgomery, Clark, Madison, Fayette, Clinton, or Warren. (Exceptions may be made if a filmmaker from one of those counties shot their film elsewhere.) Films should be no longer than 15 minutes in length. Festival Director Vanessa Query says “we’ll allow for a 1 or 2 minute leeway to suit the filmmaker’s vision.”
To submit a short film, go to http://www.littleart.com/site.php/shortsfest which contains the entry form and other submission guidelines. You can also join the festival’s Facebook page for more information and updates: http://www.facebook.com/ysshortfilmfest
The actual viewing of the shorts will be on the afternoon of Sunday, February 21 at the Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs. The event will begin with a test screening piece. A few works-in-progress will be shown; the filmmakers will request the audience’s feedback in helping them to craft the final project. Then, the short films will be screened in a few one-hour blocks (program length to be announced in February). There will be audience choice awards for the most popular films. A reception will follow the event. The program will be repeated on Saturday, February 27.