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Not too late for film fest entry
Final deadline is April 12; voting begins
FILM FESTIVAL file for Web
In this photo from the 2010 Statesboro Film Festival, two award winners happily leave the stage as event director Matt Bankhead looks on. The deadline to submit a film into the 2011 festival is April 12.

You know you've got that award-winning film in you, but you just need a little more time.

The initial deadline was last Friday for the 2011 Statesboro Film Festival. But, no worries. The late-entry deadline for submitting a film is 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. That gives you some added time to put together a film that could win you a 42"-LCD television - the grand prize winner takes home the TV.

The Statesboro Herald and the Averitt Center for the Arts are teaming up again for the third annual festival to find and honor the best locally-made films. It is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, April 21 at the Averitt Center in downtown Statesboro.

And for those who did meet the April 1 initial deadline, once the film is approved, it will be available at to view and vote on. People can vote up to 10 times per day from a single URL address.

Voting is now open through midnight on Wednesday, April 20. The film with the most votes will be the grand prize winner and the filmmaker will receive a 42-inch LCD television from Farmers Furniture.

Vote totals will not be shown, so the winner can be revealed on the evening of the film festival

Like last year, the festival offers everyone a chance to do what Hollywood does - make your own film.

Event coordinator Matt Bankhead, video producer for and the lead producer for the daily Studio Statesboro vodcast, encouraged aspiring filmmakers to take advantage of the extra time and go ahead and finish that film.

"We extended the deadline last year and received several of our best films," he said.

Some of the basic submission rules for the festival include, all films can be no longer than eight minutes, there is an $18 submission charge for a late entry and, again, the deadline to submit a film is now 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.

All rules and information about the festival can be viewed at - the festival's official website.

The winning film and other submitted films will be shown at the 2011 Statesboro Film Festival on April 21. More than 200 people attended the festival in each of the past two years.

Light refreshments will be served at the reception and Millhouse Steakhouse is catering the intermission.

Tickets for the film festival are $5 and can be purchased at the Averitt Center box office, the Statesboro Herald office or by calling (912) 212-2787.

The 2011 Statesboro Film Festival is sponsored by the Statesboro Herald, the Averitt Center for the Arts, Farmers Furniture, Millhouse Steakhouse, Gailey Trophy, The University Store, McCook's Pharmacy and Connect Statesboro.


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