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eIncubator Sets Collaboration Contest Dates
(originally released on 9/30/2005)


The Entertainment Industry Incubator is proud to announce the 2005-2006 launch of the 8th Annual Collaboration... A Short Film Contest. The seven-city statewide tour, which opens in Tallahassee on October 24th and concludes in Miami on November 3rd, is a call to action for individuals and teams to write, produce and edit 5-minute films in 30 days. This year's sessions will each include a short workshop by a locally known filmmaker on the components of moviemaking.

Participants will vie for a face to face private meeting with the head of Production and Development at Lions Gate Films in Los Angeles and more than $150,000 worth of Florida production services, inclusion in a Gala Premiere Showcase before an audience of senior national film industry decision makers and others and an array of other prizes donated by entertainment industry leaders. The popular and highly acclaimed contest has long attracted established industry leaders as judges and participants in panels and seminars designed exclusively for contestants.

"Lions Gate Films prides itself on seeking out fresh, new films and filmmakers," said Steve Rothenberg, Lions Gate Films President of Theatrical Distribution and a longstanding contest judge. "This annual competition gives new talent the opportunity to produce and show their short films. It's a great way to begin the journey to becoming a professional filmmaker. I look forward to seeing this year's entries and meeting the winners of the 2006 program."

The contest offers Professional and Novice Categories, with a special Student Category for high school students. Filmmakers assemble in teams of six; writer, producer, director, editor, camera and sound -- to create a five-minute film based on an assigned theme. The contest begins in earnest when the theme is announced on Monday, November 7th. Teams then have 30 days to complete and deliver their projects no later than close of business on Wednesday, December 7th. Participants must be Florida residents and may register as a complete team or sign up individually and be matched with other teammates.

A Gala Premiere Showcase held on Saturday, January 14th will feature screenings of the top 15 films determined from a round of semi-final judging. That night, an illustrious panel of senior industry executives from such companies as Lions Gate, HBO, the American Black Film Festival and Picturehouse Films will choose the winners. The traditional event is a celebration of the hard work, innovation and creativity of contestants by industry leaders, supporters, friends and movie buffs. The day begins with a special seminar on acquisitions, distribution and marketing hosted by Entertainment Industry Incubator and led by the judges. The top three winning student teams will then have a private luncheon and opportunity for critique with members of the VIP judging panel.

The Professional and Novice Category entry fee of $95 per person includes administrative fees, a wrap party (in some locations), admission to the senior-level industry workshop and the Gala Premiere Showcase and Party. The Student fee of $25 per person is non-inclusive.

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the following orientations:

TALLAHASSEE
Monday, October 24
6:00 pm - 8 pm
TCC/Tallahassee Community College
Computer/Technology Building, Rm 108
444 Appleyard Dr.
State Film Commissioner Paul Sirmons will speak

JACKSONVILLE
Tuesday, October 25
6 pm - 8 pm
Henrietta's/9th & Main Theatre
1850 Main Street

ORLANDO
Wednesday, October 26
6 pm - 8 pm
DMAC /Downtown Media Arts Center
39 South Magnolia St.

TAMPA
Thursday, October 27
7pm - 9 pm
The Education Channel
703 N. Willow Avenue

WEST PALM BEACH
Tuesday, November 1
7 pm - 9 pm
G-Star School of the Arts
2030 South Congress Ave. - Building F

FORT LAUDERDALE
Wednesday, November 2
7 pm - 9 pm
TBA

MIAMI
Thursday, November 3
7 pm - 9 pm
TBA



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