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New Mexico students wanted for upcoming film competition

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Festival > Winners will be chosen on April 24, 2015

Students from around the state are asked to submit their work for the 2015 Desert Light Film Festival, which will be held on April 24, 2015 in Alamogordo.
The competition gives students an opportunity to showcase their work, compete for prizes and participate in seminars designed for young filmmakers.
Thanks to the new financial support of local cable, phone and Internet company, Baja Broadband, Desert Light Film Festival will host its 12th Annual festival and competition.
Desert Light is open to all New Mexico high school and middle school students, including students who attend public, private or charter schools, or who are home schooled.
Categories include drama/comedy, animation, music video, documentary, experimental film and 30-second commercial. The criteria for all categories include production quality, creativity and originality, resourcefulness and entertainment value. Judging sheets for each category will include films are submitted and judged in either the high school or middle school division.
Sponsored by Baja Broadband, Desert Light offers prizes in every category and division. First Place awards are $100 each. Honorable Mention awards are $50 each. Local Baja Broadband coordinator of marketing and public relations, Phyllis Duncan, will be on hand to personally present the awards for the winning films. Seminars this year will include editing with Adobe Premier Pro, special effects makeup for film and pyrotechnic special effects. Other seminars will be announced at a later date.
The preferred method for submitting student films is via Vimeo. Information about accessing the Vimeo account will be released later. Films that cannot be submitted via Vimeo will still be accepted on disk. Participants are asked to submit individual, single DVDs for each film submission.
Submit films anytime from now until March 13, 2015. Each entry requires a $5 entry fee which should be mailed with an entry form to the Otero County Film Office, 1301 N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo, N.M. 88310. The entry form includes a “Use of Submissions” form to be signed by students over 18. Parents or teachers will sign for students under 18. All forms, including the form explaining the entry rules, information about judging and awards, and description of categories will soon be available on the Film Otero website filmotero.com .
For more information, contact K. Jan Wafful, Otero County Film Liaison at jan@filmotero.com, or Joan Griggs at griggs1331@msn.com.