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Scion and MGLFF Sponsor PlanetOut Contest
(released 8/25/2005)

PlanetOut announced a call for entries for the 7th Annual PlanetOut Short Movie Awards, presented by Scion and hosted by the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Throughout January and February 2006, and members may vote for a winner of the Audience Award, and in turn, are automatically entered in a sweepstakes to win a Scion. In March, PlanetOut Video will screen the winning films online.

Among 25 finalists, five First Prize winners in the categories of drama, comedy, documentary, experimental and animation will be selected by the PlanetOut Short Movie Awards jury. One of the First Prize winners will be named the Grand Prize winner and will receive $10,000. The remaining category winners and the Audience Award winner will each receive prizes of $1,000. Juried winners will be announced at the 10th Annual PlanetOut Queer Brunch at Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 22, 2006. The prize-winning films will be screened at a special program and awards presentation on April 23, 2006, at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which runs April 21-30, 2006.

Aside from Stewart and Coombes, members of this year's jury include: Steven Flynn, executive vice president of marketing, Focus Features; Mark Reinhart, executive vice president of acquisitions and distribution, here! Networks; and, Honey Labrador, former model, actress and star of Bravo's "Queer Eye for the Straight Girl," and a noted independent producer in her own right. Labrador produced last year's PlanetOut Short Movie Awards Grand Prize winner, "PROM-troversy," featuring Jane Lynch.

More than 500 entries have been submitted to the contest in the past six years. Entrants have included Emmy award-winning filmmaker Andy Abrahams Wilson, Oscar winner Kathy Bates, two-time Emmy award-winning actress Dana Delany and actor Robert Gant of "Queer as Folk." Select entries have been featured in the Picture This! Entertainment DVD release "The First Annual PlanetOut Short Movie Awards Highlights" and on Sundance Channel.

The final date to submit entries to the PlanetOut Short Movie Awards is Dec. 2, 2005, for a $25 entry fee. An official submission form and detailed guidelines are available online at or by contacting the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, 1521 Alton Road, #147, Miami Beach, FL 33139, by phone at 305-534-9924, by fax at 305-535-2377, or by e-mail at Additional rules and regulations are available online at -- and

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