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‘Stuck at Home’ Short Film Contest to Support Local Filmmakers

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman ‘Stuck at Home’ Short Film Contest to Support Local Filmmakers
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The Greater Columbus Film Commission has announced the creation of a “Stuck at Home” Short Film Contest. The contest is open to anyone in the film industry in Franklin and surrounding counties, beginning April 6 and running through April 15.

The contest includes cash prizes for six films in two categories, under 60-second films and 1 to 5-minute films. Cash prizes range from $100 to $500.

All of the films must be shot and edited on a smartphone, as a way to bolster creativity.

“These folks are freelancers and are in crisis mode trying to keep up with bills and expenses,” said Film Commissioner John Daugherty. “We hope this contest will help a little both financially and mentally.”

Film Columbus is also partnering with the Columbus Music Commission to provide soundtracks for the winning films from local musicians. Bruce Garfield, executive director of the Music Commission, is also providing cash prizes to the musicians for their winning soundtracks.

“We’re thrilled to present the opportunity for our music community to participate in this creative project. Big time thanks to John Daugherty and all that support our Film Commission,” Garfield said.

Industry professionals will judge the films. There will also be an audience award winner chosen via online voting, with a $500 cash prize that will be split between the filmmaker and the musician or band providing the soundtrack.

“I felt it was really important to show our support in any way we can. We have a very limited budget, I wish we could provide larger cash prizes, but we’re doing what we can,” said Daugherty. “And every little bit helps our local cast and crew. With a possible total prize haul of $750, we hope this helps.”

For more information, including requirements and coronavirus-related resources for filmmakers, visit www.filmcolumbus.com.

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