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COLUMBIA — The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Trident Technical College and the S.C. Film Commission has announced that the 2014 Young Filmmakers Competition is now accepting entries. All high school students in grades 9-12 who are residents of South Carolina are eligible to enter the short-film competition, including public, private and home school students.

Designed to foster media arts skills and bring attention to the next generation of South Carolina media professionals, the third annual Young Filmmakers Competition is focused on the theme “Go Wild With Your Imagination!”

To participate, students must create a short film ranging from 30 seconds to two minutes in length, telling a cinematic story (any plot or genre) while featuring one of South Carolina’s 47 state parks. The deadline for entries for the Young Filmmakers Competition is March 21, 2014. Entries can be submitted by individuals or groups of students.

Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges in combination with online public voting, which will take place from April 28, 2014 through May 11, 2014. Entries will be judged on the basis of the creativity of the concept, overall production value, strength of story, and execution of the stated guidelines. Winners will be announced on May 26, 2014.

Competition winners will receive cash and prizes, including $500 for first place, $300 for second, and $200 for third. The Top Ten finalists will be screened at the Charleston International Film Festival, which takes place from April 9, 2014 through April 14, 2014. Those 10 filmmakers will also be invited to participate in a Q&A with the audience following the screening. Winning selections might also be broadcast locally or statewide as Public Service Announcements.

Complete guidelines and entry forms can be found at http://indiegrants.org/youngfilmmakers.php. For more information contact Cara White of CaraMar Inc. by phone at 843-881-1480 or by email at cara.white@mac.com.

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