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Still time to make a film; festival deadline is April 5
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You know you’ve got that award-winning film in you, but you just need a little more time.
    Well, a little less than two weeks is all you have left to create your work for the 2013 Statesboro Film Festival. The final deadline for submitting a film is 5 p.m. Friday, April 5. That gives you 10 days to put together or finish production of a film that could earn you recognition as the Best Film winner.
    The Statesboro Herald and the Averitt Center for the Arts are teaming up again for the fifth annual festival to find and honor the best locally made films. It is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, April 11, at the Averitt Center in downtown Statesboro.
    Also, voting for your favorite film will begin shortly after the deadline. All approved films will be available at to view and vote on. People can vote up to 10 times per day from a single URL address.
    Voting will begin April 6 and be open through midnight on April 10.
    Vote totals will not be shown, so the winner can be revealed on the evening of the film festival.
    Like the past four years, 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 and the Statesboro Herald Report, encourages aspiring filmmakers to go ahead and finish that film.
    “We received several of our best films the last few days before deadline the past four years,” 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 and, again, the deadline to submit a film is 5 p.m. Friday, April 5.
    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 2013 Statesboro Film Festival on April 11. More than 200 people attended the festival in each of the past four years.
    Light refreshments will be served at the reception and Millhouse Steakhouse will cater 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 2013 Statesboro Film Festival is sponsored by the Statesboro Herald, the Averitt Center for the Arts, Millhouse Steakhouse, Gailey Trophy and Connect Statesboro.

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