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Statesboro Film Festival entry deadline draws closer
April 1 is last day to enter
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   For all you film makers out there, time is running short to produce your entry into the 2010 Statesboro Film Festival.
      Thursday, April 1 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to submit your film to be considered for the second annual festival.
      The Statesboro Herald and the Averitt Center for the Arts are teaming up again for the festival to find and honor the best locally-made films. It is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, April 15 at the Averitt Center in downtown Statesboro.
      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 statesboroherald.com and the lead producer for the daily Studio Statesboro vodcast, encouraged everyone to make a film.
      “It can be as long as our maximum allowed length of eight minutes or just a few minutes, I promise you’ll have fun making a film,” he said. “We had so many great entries last year, but I think we’ll do even better this year.”
      Some of the basic submission rules for the festival include, all films can be no longer than eight minutes, there is a $15 submission charge and, again,the deadline to submit a film is 5 p.m. Thursday, April 1. Also, entered films can not be shown on YouTube, Facebook or any other mass media site until after the April 15 festival.
      All rules and information about the festival can be viewed at www.statesborofilmfestival.com – the festival's official Web site.
      After all requirements are met, all the films will be viewable on the festival's Web site. A panel of three judges will review all films and narrow the field eligible to win the grand prize to no more than 20 films. The group of final films will then be put on the Web site and people can vote for their favorite film. The film with the most votes will be the grand prize winner.
      The winning film and lots of other submitted videos will be shown at the 2010 Statesboro Film Festival inside the Averitt Center on April 15. More than 200 people attended last year’s festival.
      Tim Chapman, executive director for the Averitt Center, is excited about year 2 of the festival.
      "It was such a fun event last year and I was most impressed with the quality of films entered," Chapman said. “Establishing a film festival here on an annual basis just improves the creative aspect of our quality of life. I know the 2010 festival will be just as successful.”
      Residents of all ages are encouraged to participate.