T Tauri Film Festival Seeks Entries to Young Filmmakers Competition

The 6th annual T Tauri Film Festival Young Filmmakers Competition is accepting submissions. Students in grades 6 through 12 are eligible to enter. Competition winners receive an original “T Tauri,” a hand-thrown ceramic trophy, designed and created by Mountain View Pottery. Winners who are in grades 10-12 will also receive a $1,000 scholarship to the Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville, Tennessee. The scholarships will be awarded to all of the “principals” who worked on the winning films, including the director, producer, cinematographer, editor, and screenwriter.

This year’s competition categories include: Drama, Comedy, Short Documentary (10 minutes or less), Long Documentary (10-30 minutes), Animation, Experimental, and Public Service Announcement. Trophies are also awarded to the best films in two special categories: the “ArkanSTAR” Award for best film made by an Arkansas filmmaker, and the “Kid with a Camera” Award for best film made without the support of a school or organization.

There is no entry fee. All entries must have been created between April 2008 and March 2010 and not previously submitted to the T Tauri Film Festival. Entries must be 30 minutes or less in length, be submitted in DVD format (preferably DVD-R), and be postmarked by April 1, 2010. There is no limit to the number of films an individual may enter. To facilitate judging, each entry should be submitted on a separate DVD unless the entries are in the same category.

A completed and signed Entry Form must be submitted with each entry. Entry Forms and complete guidelines for submission are available at www.ttauri.org. Competition Winners will be announced July 1, 2010. Official Selections (films chosen to be screened at the festival along with the winners) will also be announced on July 1. The T Tauri Film Festival Young Filmmakers Competition is judged by high school students in the Lyon College Upward Bound (APPLE) project and is one of the longest-running youth film competitions in the country.

The T Tauri Film Festival is the youth division of Ozark Foothills FilmFest, Inc., a non-profit educational corporation founded in 2001. Questions about the competition may be directed to 870-251-1189 ttauri@wildblue.net.