MILLEDGEVILLE — The Milledgeville Film Festival is open for submissions.
The event, booked for April 25-27 next year, already has five entries, according to locally based producer and film festival chairman Jeremiah Bennett.
Festival board of directors met Tuesday to discuss progress.
Through the newly launched withoutabox.com account, website at milledgevillefilmfestival.com and Facebook page, the word is spreading. The festival is incorporated and well into non-profit designation.
Early submissions are from international locations such as France, Canada and Mexico. Two others hail from Atlanta and Arizona.
“I don’t expect a lot right now because most of our deadlines are the beginning of next year,” Bennett said. “It’s exciting because for example the film out of Arizona is a student thesis film, and the guy said he would let it world premiere at our festival.”
Film festival shorts categories limited to 20 minutes long include comedy, drama, documentary, Georgia, international and horror. Feature films have a slot as well.
The five early submissions cover multiple categories.
Bennett said the lucky films selected for screening wouldn’t be announced until March 15, 2014. Last date to submit is eight days prior.
Early signs have the inaugural film festival ball rolling steady.
“What’s amazing is of the films that have come in, I haven’t seen a bad one yet,” Bennett said. “The quality has been there. Normally in a first year film festival, you don’t get that.”
Kim Martin, Milledgeville native and AMC Networks executive, pledged her support for programming and speaker scheduling. Bennett hopes to hear from the president of the Independent Film Channel soon about possible guest speakers.
“Once that is announced this thing is going to blow off the map. With credible sources to show people this is legit, it wouldn’t surprise me to get hundreds of submissions at a time,” Bennett said.