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January 30, 2014

Film festival lacking Georgia made productions

MILLEDGEVILLE — The upcoming Milledgeville Film Festival has 60 films submitted from 17 countries.

The April 25-27 inaugural event does need some help in the Georgia made, comedy and horror shorts categories.

Film festival board director Jeremiah Bennett said Monday the submissions already total nearly 30 hours of programming though only the best films will make the final screening cut.

The ultimate festival cutoff is March 7. The lucky films selected for screening won’t be announced until March 14.

Film festival shorts categories limited to 20 minutes long also include drama, documentary, international and horror. Feature films have a slot as well.

Bennett said the international category is a “hot spot.”

International entrants are coming from Egypt, China, Russia, South Africa, Italy, Mexico and Australia to name a few.

Film festival board member Troy Hencely said these films would have subtitles to qualify for screening.

Community judges placed in two tiers will screen all submissions through the festival’s withoutabox.com account.

“The system itself will average out those ratings,” Bennett said.

Judging panels will take those numbers to select programming groups.

Bennett said the judging and screening process will begin next week.

The Milledgeville Film Festival includes a three-day weekend schedule. Georgia College Campus Life Director Tom Miles confirmed the university’s Arts & Sciences auditorium for film screening and Magnolia Ballroom as the gala location.

A Friday night gala running into a full-length feature film screening kicks off the festival.

Next, three Saturday morning workshops at Black Box Theatre will provide an educational experience for film buffs. Casting directors, talent agents, producers and different industry professionals will do the one-hour workshops through lunch.

Throughout the festival’s second day, two-hour short film programs will showcase more than 30 shorts seven to 20 minutes long. Bigger features will run later that evening as well.

Shorts resume Sunday the 27th with Georgia Shorts at 1 p.m. with two closing feature films ending by 9 p.m.

Early, student and regular ticket prices for the weekend’s events appeal to most budgets.

The festival’s current balance is just under $950. The local Young Professional’s group awarded the event $250 to go with a $1,000 BOOST grant received last fall.

The board has to find some larger sponsors to go with current in-kind services offered to the event.

Sponsors receive complimentary passes, logo on festival materials, name on red carpet backdrop and other advertising throughout the April weekend depending on the package chosen.

Filmmakers interested in the festival should submit entries to withoutabox.com. Volunteers, sponsors and event-goers can visit milledgevillefilmfestival.com and the MFF Facebook page for updates, schedules and pricing packages.

 

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