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Lowcountry Shorts Festival features most competitive slate ever

North Charleston’s Greater Park Circle Film Society is shedding a few words, sporting a brand new look, and aiming to have a record season of the best in independent film screenings and community events this fall. Park Circle Films (PCF) is turning five and turning out more carefully curated community programming than ever before. “We’re taking the organization to the next level,” said co-founder Nicholai Burton. “Last winter, we reinvigorated our leadership and rededicated ourselves to the mission of enriching the community through film,” he added. “We’ve been working hard to enhance our programming, our community outreach, and the shorts festival.” PCF’s Lowcountry Shorts Festival—now in its ninth iteration—is a juried fest spanning two days and featuring Charleston-area filmmakers as judges. A record 179 entries from 25 countries were received, and 32 selections have made the competitive cut for this year’s event, taking place at the Terrace Theater on September 28 and 29. Festival organizers are dedicated to screening high-quality short films by local, national, and international filmmakers and have screened more than 70 films from eight countries to date. Lending some Hollywood glam to this year’s event, the fest opens with a short starring Rick Gomez (known for Band of Brothers and Justified) and closes with a piece co-written, co-directed by and starring Brie Larson (known for Short Term 12, the 2013 South by Southwest (SXSW) Grand Jury Award and Audience Award Winner). The Lowcountry Shorts Festival takes place at the Terrace Theater on James Island, with 32 films being screened over two days and four 90-minute blocks: Sept. 28, screenings at 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and Sept. 29, screenings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information about the films and tickets, visit the festival website. Via: Park Circle Films

Park Circle Film Society accepting submissions for Lowcountry Shorts Film Festival

Entry deadline is August 30. North Charleston's Park Circle Film Society's annual Lowcountry Shorts Film Festival is accepting submissions. The two-day festival celebrating the best new short films is hosted by James Island's Terrace Theater and takes place September 28-29, 2013. Now in its ninth edition, Lowcountry Shorts is Charleston's festival dedicated to screening high-quality short films by local, national and international filmmakers. The fest has screened more than 70 films from eight countries to date. In an effort to support independent filmmakers everywhere and further our mission -- enriching the community through film -- there is no fee for submission. Prizes will be awarded by a jury in two categories:

  • Best of the Fest
  • Regional Spotlight Award, for SC/NC/GA filmmakers
Additional awards will be considered in the following categories:
  • Audience Award
  • Best Student Film
  • Best Foreign Language Film
Entry requirements:
  • Entries must be received by August 30.
  • Documentary, narrative, music video and experimental films are encouraged.
  • Films must have a running time of at least one minute and not longer than 40 minutes.
  • Only complete entries (including entry form and full-length digital or DVD screener) will be accepted.
  • Films previously submitted to other festivals are eligible. Films previously submitted to Lowcountry Shorts Film Festival are NOT eligible.
  • Entries must be in English or subtitled in English. Non-English entries submitted without subtitles are not eligible.
To enter, please apply online. For more information, contact Nicholai Burton at (404) 669-6243 or festival@parkcirclefilms.org. Via: Park Circle Film Society

Charleston Film Festival now open for submissions

Submissions are open for the 4th annual Charleston Film Festival, to take place at the Terrace Theater on March 7-11, 2013. Filmmakers from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia are encouraged to submit shorts and feature-length films. There is no submission fee. The submission deadline is Feb. 1, 2013. Cash prizes of $2,500 will be awarded for best regional films. The Grand Prize includes a one-week exhibition at Terrace Theater with your film and name on the marquee! Charleston Film Festival Works must have been produced in the last 18 months. In line with a strong belief that festivals are a chance for local audiences to see a locally made film, works are allowed to have been shown at other events and fests. Content submitted for the Lowcountry Indie Shorts Festival can be automatically considered for submission to Charleston Film Festival. In keeping with its strong tradition of local and state ties, the Festival is pleased to announce its continuing relationship with the Greater Park Circle Film Society, the Indie Grits Festival in Columbia, the Art Institute of Charleston, the Charleston Jewish Federation and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Download the application form here: http://parkcirclefilms.org/sites/parkcirclefilms.org/files/2013-Charleston-Film-Festival-Application-Form.docx More information is available on Terrace Theater's website. Please send inquiries to Nicholai Burton at nicholai@parkcirclefilms.org. Via: Charleston Film Festival