(Vocus) January 28, 2008
A Wyoming short film contest was introduced at the Sundance Film Festival last week to glowing reviews. A $ 25,000 first prize is being awarded to the winning entry with a storyline that takes place in Wyoming, features Wyoming, or presents the state as a major character. Prize money will go toward production of the winnerâs next film shot in Wyoming. âWeâre trying to build a buzz. If you can get more independent, smaller filmmakers interested in Wyoming first that will help us bring in bigger projects down the line. Itâs a sort of trickle up effect,â said Colin Stricklin of the Wyoming Film Office.
The âFilm the Westâ reception at Sundance in Park City, Utah on January 24th allowed filmmakers the chance to lean more about the contest and invite their participation. âA lot of people seemed interested. We spoke with both domestic and foreign producers during a four-hour concentrated effort,â Stricklin said.
Films are due before May 9 and entries must be 15 minutes or less in length. âThe short film format allows for all levels of experience and expertise. Our format is wide open and the possibilities are limitless,â Stricklin noted. There is no entry fee and submissions are being accepted at: http://www.withoutabox.com The winning effort is to premier at the Jackson Hole Film Festival, June 5-9, 2008 in Jackson, Wyoming.
âThis is a first-time project designed to foster film production in the state while simultaneously giving filmmakers an opportunity they might otherwise overlook. Weâre very excited at the early response,â said Michell Howard, Wyoming Film Office Manager. Howard also used the Sundance setting to promote the stateâs new Film Industry Financial Incentive Program which allows production companies to be reimbursed up to 15 percent on dollars spent on a Wyoming film shoot.
More information about the incentive program and the short film contest is obtainable online at: http://www.wyomingfilm.org/
Michell Howard or Colin Stricklin
info @ filmwyoming.com
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