South Carolina filmmakers wanted for Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival
South Carolina filmmakers are invited to participate in the 2013 Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival, which pairs filmmakers with South Carolina writers and their recently published or award-winning stories. More than 35 stories are available for filmmakers to choose from.
Of those who register between Sept. 19 and Oct. 19, a maximum of seven emerging and seven experienced filmmakers will be selected by a lottery on Oct. 29, and the project will begin with the public Launch Night in Spartanburg on Nov. 3. Filmmakers will have four months to use a story as inspiration for a 5-10 minute short film that will premiere and compete for awards on March 23, 2013, at the David Reid Theatre, thanks to host sponsor Chapman Cultural Center, in Spartanburg.
Cash prizes will be awarded on the festival night in five juried awards: Best Film ($1000), Best Editing ($250), Best Cinematography ($250), Best Actor/Actress ($250), and the Emerging Filmmaker Award, which will grant the winner $250 and a multi-day hands-on professional filmmaking experience thanks to the South Carolina Film Commission. An Audience Favorite Award of $1000 will be voted on and awarded on the festival night, as well.
Confirmed judges are Dr. Bernie Dunlap, Wofford College president and writer, producer, and on-air presenter of public television; Peter Wentworth, film producer; and Marjorie Wentworth, S.C. Poet Laureate.
The Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival was created in 2011 by the Hub City Writers Project and HUB-BUB, 501-c-3 nonprofit programs in Spartanburg. The inaugural project paired seven writers and their stories published in the Hub City Press collection “Expecting Goodness” with seven South Carolina filmmakers. After workshops, community gatherings, and two months of filming, the project concluded with a sold-out festival night in March 2012.
“After the incredible success of the first film festival we wanted to grow it for its second year,” said organizer and Hub City Writers Project assistant director Kari Jackson. “By expanding it and limiting it to South Carolina writers and filmmakers, we showcase the talent we have right here in our state. We’re excited to see the collaborations come together into films and share them with the public all along the way.”
All South Carolina filmmakers 18 or over and willing to commit to the duration of the project should register by Oct. 19 at http://www.expectinggoodness.com.