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Posted: April 4, 2009 4:42 p.m.
Updated: April 5, 2009 5:18 a.m.
Time to vote for your favorite in Statesboro Film Festival


     Which film will take the Grand Prize at the 2009 Statesboro Film Festival? Well, it's now in the hands of the voters -- you.
      Matt Bankhead, lead producer for Studio Statesboro and director of the 2009 festival, said all entries have been received and 11 films are posted for everyone to view and vote on.
      "I'm really pleased with the entries," Bankhead said. "The filmmakers put a lot of thought into their movies and it shows."
      The next step is for the public to go online to 2009 Statesboro Film Festival, watch the films and then vote for their favorite. People can vote up to 10 times per day from a single URL address. Voting is now open through midnight on Sunday, April 12. The film with the most votes will be the Grand Prize winner and the filmmaker will receive a big screen television.
      Vote totals will not be shown, so the winner can be revealed on the evening of the Statesboro Film Festival -- Thursday, April 16. The festival will be held at the Averitt Center for the Arts. A red carpet reception begins at 6:15 p.m., with the festival getting underway at 7 p.m.
      At least 10 films will be shown on the big screen inside the Emma Kelly Theater, including some that were not posted to the Web site.
      "We're still working on the exact number we'll screen," Bankhead said.
      In addition to the Grand Prize, a panel of three judges is viewing all films and will give awards for Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Director and Best Film. The awards will be announced after all films are screened, culminating with the Grand prize winner.
      Refreshments will be served at the reception and 119 Chops is catering the intermission.
      Tickets for the April 16 film festival are $5 and can be purchased at the Averitt Center box office or by calling (912) 212-2787.
      "It's a great first-time event for Statesboro to show off some great young filmmakers," said Tim Chapman, executive director of the Averitt Center.
      The 2009 Statesboro Film Festival is sponsored by the Statesboro Herald, the Averitt Center for the Arts, 119 Chops, Gailey Trophy and Connect Statesboro.

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