Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007

72 Film Fest calling all independent filmmakers

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The 72 Film Fest, Frederick’s film festival, will return with its second annual 72 FILM FEST CHALLENGE, kicking off with a launch party at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Cultural Arts Center, 15 W. Patrick St., Frederick.

All filmmakers, actors, writers, musicians and other artists are invited to be a part of this exciting, innovative event.

The Challenge is comprised of a grueling three-day event requiring filmmakers to assemble teams consisting of actors, writers, directors, editors, musicians and other artists to make a short film within only 72 hours.

During the Launch Party, the teams of filmmakers are given secret criteria which they must include in their five minute short films and then released onto the streets of Frederick to write, shoot, and edit their films before the 9 p.m. deadline on Oct. 7.

Last year, filmmakers were given themes which included ‘‘death and reproduction,” ‘‘agriculture revolution,” ‘‘freedom,” and ‘‘idolatry,” among many others.

The resulting films ranged from funny, dark, challenging, scary, and emotional.

Each piece is unique to its filmmaking team and shows the amazing commitment local filmmakers have for creating exceptional pieces of art while challenging themselves with limited time.

Filmmaking teams can register at the party or pre-register online.

Any team registering online prior to Sept. 15 will receive an early bird discount on registration fees.

Registration after Sept. 15 or at the launch party will cost $45 per team.

All local artists, as well as individuals without a team, are encouraged to attend the party. This is an excellent opportunity for artists to network and join a filmmaking team if they desire.

All films submitted by the deadline will be judged by an independent panel. Films will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the historic Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, as part of the 72 Film Fest event.

The 72 Film Fest is an annual film festival with the mission of bringing under-screened and independent films to the people of Frederick, while providing an outlet for the creative community by hosting challenges in the fields of filmmaking, writing, and additional arts.

The festival was formed by local filmmakers and associates Clark Kline, Jason Streff and Salyer McLaughlin.