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Time is running out to enter your film
Festival deadline is April 12
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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 time is all you have left to create your work for the 2012 Statesboro Film Festival. The final deadline for submitting a film is 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12. That gives you about a week to put together or finish production of a film that could win you a 42-inch 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 fourth annual festival to find and honor the best locally-made films. It is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19 at the Averitt Center in downtown Statesboro.
    Also, voting on your favorite film will begin soon. 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 12 and be open through midnight on Wednesday, April 18. 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 the past three 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, encouraged aspiring filmmakers to go ahead and finish that film.
    "We received several of our best films the last few days before deadline the past three years," he said.
    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 for a late entry and, again, the deadline to submit a film is 5 p.m. Thursday, 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 2012 Statesboro Film Festival on April 19. More than 200 people attended the festival in each of the past three 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 2012 Statesboro Film Festival is sponsored by the Statesboro Herald, the Averitt Center for the Arts, Farmers Furniture, Millhouse Steakhouse, Gailey Trophy and Connect Statesboro.

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