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CALL FOR ENTRIES: PlanetOut Short Movie Awards 
By trea on Sep 24, 2004 11:24 PM
DEADLINE: DEC. 17, 2004

Presented by Scion in association with the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
PlanetOut Inc. and the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF) are proud to announce the Sixth Annual PlanetOut Short Movie Awards. These prestigious annual awards celebrate excellence in lesbian and gay short filmmaking. Winners receive the opportunity to reach a national audience via online exhibition of their work and to have their work reviewed by industry professionals.

Our jury will select a Grand Prize winner, as well as five First Prize winners in each of five categories (drama, comedy, animation, experimental and documentary), working from a shortlist of finalists determined by the MGLFF and PlanetOut Inc.

The winners will be announced and presented at a special PlanetOut Short Movie Awards ceremony and program at MGLFF on April 24, 2005. The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is the premiere LGBT film festival in the Southeastern United States showcasing the best new GLBT films to an international audience.

Entries
Length/Production Date: Entries must be twenty (20) minutes or less in length and, due to limitations of current online exhibition formats, must be in English or have no significant dialogue. Submissions must be copyrighted no earlier than January 2002.

Entry Fee: There is a twenty-five dollar ($25) entry fee for each entry submitted. The deadline for submissions is December 17, 2004. All entry fees must be in U.S. dollars. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

Subject Matter: Entries must be by, for, about or of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex audiences.

Categories: Entries will be accepted in the following five categories ("Categories"): drama, comedy, animation, documentary and experimental.

Submission of Videotapes: Submit VHS NTSC preview videotapes to: PlanetOut Short Movie Awards, c/o Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, 1521 Alton Rd., #147, Miami Beach, FL 33139, (305) 534-9924/fax: (305) 535-2377. If you wish to contact the festival office, e-mail ccoombes@miamigaylesbianfilm.com

Videotapes must be clearly and legibly labeled with the film's title, name of director and contact phone number, running time, exhibition format, and the Category in which it is being entered. Entrants must choose only one category for each Entry.

If you wish to be notified upon receipt of your submission please include a self-addressed stamped postcard. Enclosing a complete press kit, including photos, is strongly encouraged and will be required upon acceptance of the work.

Preview tapes and materials of works not accepted for the Movie Awards will be returned only if a self-addressed stamped envelope or International Reply Coupons are enclosed with submission materials.

Entry Form: Videotapes must be accompanied by a completed entry form, which can be downloaded from the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Web site at www.mgliff.com

Only Entries submitted by the Final Deadline and that satisfy the requirements of entry will be eligible for consideration for an Award.

All submissions for the Festival must not have been already screened publicly or been broadcast on television in South Florida (including the Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach areas), or released on home video in the United States prior to May 8, 2005.

Selection of Winners
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will review all Entries and select up to five finalists ("Finalists") in each of the five film Categories. Selection and judging will be determined on a combination of factors including cleverness and originality; quality of writing, acting, and production values; innovative use of the medium; relevance of subject matter; and good old-fashioned entertainment value. Five (5) First Prize Winners ("First Prize Winners") and one (1) Grand Prize Winner ("Grand Prize Winner") will be selected from the Finalists by industry professionals who are part of the PlanetOut.com Short Movie Awards Jury. The Grand Prize winner may or may not also be a First Prize Winner.

Awards
The five First Place Award winners in the categories of Best Animation, Best Comedy, Best Documentary, Best Drama, and Best Experimental Film, and the overall Grand Award winner chosen from one of these categories, will be screened at a special ceremony and program in Miami as part of the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on Sunday April 24, 2005. The Grand Award winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize. The First Place Award winners will receive $1,000 cash prizes each. ALL TAXES AND ANY EXPENSES RELATED TO THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY AWARDS ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. Awards are not transferable.

FOR COMPLETE RULES AND REGULATIONS AND FOR MORE INFO, PLEASE GO TO: www.movieawards.planetout.com
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