Your pets are cute, so try making a short movie featuring them.

Your pets are cute, so try making a short movie featuring them.

The Mail Tribune's annual Two-Minute Film Festival is back for a third year. Cute pets are welcome, but so are scary stories, funny pranks or any other tale you can tell in just two minutes.

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 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.