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Call for Submissions announced for Short Film Festival

Per an Eastern Illinois University press release:

Plans are underway for the 10th annual Embarras Valley Film Festival scheduled for Nov. 6-8 on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. The planning committee is seeking submissions from student filmmakers to be shown during a special Short Film Festival as part of the activities on Nov. 8.

“We are looking for films of high artistic quality make by student filmmakers,” said Robin Murray, co-project director. “Preference will be given to Central Illinois filmmakers.”

Guidelines for submissions are: films should be short, under 30 minutes in length; submissions should be labeled with the filmmakers name, address, email address, and the title of the film; and a 2-3 sentence synopsis should be included in a cover letter.

For the first time in the history of the festival submissions are being accepted online at  Filmmakers can fill out a short form with the required information and upload their film for consideration.

Films will also be accepted via email at [email protected] or by mail at Embarras Valley Film Festival, Short Film Contest, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL 61920, Attn: Robin Murray.

The deadline to submit a film is Oct. 10.

EVFF is a yearly event honoring a person or theme relevant to the Embarras Valley, which encompasses much of east-central Illinois. This year’s festival highlights the films of Dick Van Dyke, a native of Danville in Central Illinois.

Past festivals have honored Gregg Toland, William Phipps, Burl Ives, James Jones, Joan Allen, Lincoln, Silent Films & Illinois, Films For and About Children and Young Adults, Gene Hackman, and Documentary Films.

All festival events are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Tarble Arts Center at 217-581-2787 or visit EIU Embarras Valley Film Festival on Facebook.

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