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Film contest seeks screenwriters

Submitted by Alexis Williams on October 18, 2012 – 2:16 pmNo Comment

The Ozark Foothills FilmFest, an annual film festival held each spring, is hosting a screenwriting contest for writers seeking to produce  their work.

For its screenwriting competition, the Ozark Foothills FilmFest is now accepting entries until Dec. 1; the entry fee is $20. Students can submit entries under two categories: Feature Screenplay (90-130 pages) and Short Screenplay (30 pages or less).

“Winning means money, but more importantly, it will help with either graduate school or in future careers in film [for the students],” said Bob Pest, co-founder and president of the Ozark Foothills FilmFest.

Cash prizes are awarded from $400 to $600, depending on each category. Those who enter will be invited to attend an awards ceremony at the next FilmFest on April 3-7, 2013 in Batesville. Winners will be announced during this time.

Pest said that the initial goal of the FilmFest was to “bring a wide variety of films to the Ozark Foothills region. As for meeting our goals, we have surpassed them.”

Judges of the competition will be screenwriters Dawn Winkler and Pola Zen. Zen is also a professional filmmaker and editor.

“The best advice that I can give UALR film students,” Pest said, “is to do what you love, take your work seriously and watch a lot of films made before you were born.”

Students can view the entry form, guidelines and format requirements at Contact Bob Pest at (870) 251-1189 or for further details.


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