Two-minute film fest returns

The Mail Tribune's annual Two-Minute Film Festival returns with new judges and new prizes.

Every year readers are challenged to shoot and edit together their best two-minute film and send it in so it can be seen by the community and by local industry professionals.

No big fancy budget or props are needed, just an ideas, a camera and some simple editing. Bring your story to life, then upload your two-minute masterpiece for a chance to win prizes.

A panel of expert judges will select three winners and online voters will select a people's choice winner.

The judges are Anne Ashbey, executive director of the Ashland Independent Film Festival; Erik Palmer, an assistant professor of Convergent Media and Film at Southern Oregon University; and Andres Tavares, winner of last year's Two-Minute Film Festival and director of his own film company, The Original Night Hawk.

First place is a membership to Southern Oregon Film and Television, a group of filmmakers and enthusiasts that work to build the filmmaking industry in Southern Oregon. Second and third place will get Cinemark gift cards valued at $20 and $15. The people's choice winner will get a $20 gift certificate for Dutch Bros.

To enter the contest, head to www.mailtribune.com/twominute. Entrants have until 5 p.m. Friday, April 19. Entries cannot exceed two minutes. Online users will be able to vote for their favorite films through 5 p.m. Friday, April 26.

Winners will be announced online and in the Mail Tribune in early May.


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