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A Call for Entries from Ohio Filmakers

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Are you a filmmaker in the great state of Ohio? Worked on a film with some friends and are interesting in seeing how it does in a theatrical setting? Just want to get your work on screen in front of a large audience? If you answered 'yes' to any of the above questions, then The Wexner Center has the perfect event and showcase for you.

The Wexner Center for the Arts, one of central Ohio’s only art institutes, is looking for entries for its 14th annual Ohio Short Film and Video Showcase (full details here). The event is designed to showcase Ohio’s independent media artists and it gives them a chance to shine in front of an audience. Only thirteen films were shown last year and they are hoping for many more this year. I strongly suggest that any person interested in films, directing, choreographing, or the like, enter this competition; it is a great way to get your name out.

As with last year, there will be an accompanying youth division featuring films from anybody under the age of 18. These films are only half as long as the normal adult films, but they are usually just as entertaining and inventive. A nice benefit for the kids is that the top five will be chosen to create a PSA about prescription-drug use. This is a pretty nifty way to get some experience under your belt before you turn 18.

Personally, I believe that the idea of showcasing Ohio films is a great move by The Wex. Ohio has been featured as a setting in many movies (Rush Hour 3 and A Christmas Story, to name two) but rarely is actually seen as a hotbed of movie making. While this event is unlikely to help put Ohio on the map as a movie location, it is sure to help inspire more people to participate in the process. The more people we have working in films, the more likely they are to bring the films back home.

So, if you are interested in submitting a film to The Wexner Center’s showcase, the deadline is Friday the 27th of March. All films by adults are to be 20 minutes or less in length, the youth’s are to be 10 minutes or less. Or, you can just come by the actual showcase on the 9th of May at 7 pm at watch the fun. Hey, you might even be so lucky as to see me there. For more information, please visit The Wex’s website.

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