True Colors Of War To Be Revealed Troops in Action Film Festival Solicits Entries from Military Personnel; Up to $50,000 in prizes to be awarded

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Organizers of the “Troops in Action” film festival are seeking still photographs, video and films from those who have served or are serving in the War Against Terrorism around the globe. Up to $50,000 will be dispersed among winners, and appropriate films will be featured at a film festival to be held in Wilmington, N.C. in February.

Organizers of the “Troops in Action” film festival are seeking still photographs, video and films from those who have served or are serving in the War Against Terrorism around the globe. Up to $50,000 will be dispersed among winners, and appropriate films will be featured at a film festival to be held in Wilmington in February.

“This film festival will take the mystery out of what our troops are going through overseas,” explained former Marine Corps Captain and Citadel graduate Thom Goolsby, a founder of the festival and who served during the first Gulf War. “So often, Americans have an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude about those defending us elsewhere. We think the American public deserves to see exactly what our troops are experiencing.”

“No matter where they are, American troops are fighting for us, and we think they deserve recognition for that,” added festival co-founder and former TV investigative journalist David Schifter. “Their bravery and sacrifice can’t truly be appreciated without something like Troops in Action to expose all facets of war and wartime service.”

The Troops in Action Film Festival recognizes that the graphic violence depicted in certain entries may not be suitable for public viewing, but because the organizers are committed to recording the truth about war, such entries will still be considered for awards.

Winners will be selected by a panel of current and former military personnel, as well as representatives from the journalism, motion picture and television communities. Unlike most film festivals, there is no charge to enter, and any profit made by the Troops in Action Film Festival will be donated to the United Services Organization (USO). The competition is open for work produced since the beginning of the War Against Terrorism.

Judges will evaluate entries by recognizing distinction and creativity in the materials submitted. Entries will not compete against each other; instead, they will be judged against a high standard of merit, taking into consideration the circumstances under which they were recorded, along with all other aspects recognized in the production of high quality video footage or photography. Photographs may be submitted individually or as a series depicting any activity related to warfare or camp life.

All video footage and photographs in any way related to the War Against Terrorism and the conduct of Coalition Forces is eligible for consideration by Troops in Action Film Festival for a Patriot Award. Winners of “Patriot Awards” will receive bronze statuettes, the highest honor. The judges are authorized to also award silver statuettes to a second tier of recognition. The Patriot Award is designed by an artist from the same firm that makes other well-known awards.

Motion picture and still photography are encouraged to be submitted in any format. All original materials will be returned to entrants who provide self-addressed, pre-stamped packaging. Entries should be postmarked by January 15, 2006, although extensions may be granted. Winners will be announced and appropriate entries will be featured in a film festival to be held the weekend of February 24, 2006, in Wilmington, N.C., home of extensive TV and film production, as well as the venerated battleship U.S.S. North Carolina.

Organizers will place submissions in appropriate categories, which include, but are not limited to:

  • “Night Fights” -- Attacks after dark.
  • “Desert Encounter” -- Fighting the enemy in the sand.
  • “Mountain Warfare” -- Fighting that took place in hilly or mountainous country.
  • “Firefight” Fighting taking place with both sides exchanging heavy small arms fire.
  • “Urban Warfare” -- Street fighting, door to door searches and any other fighting taking place in the “concrete jungle.”
  • "Memorial Footage” -- Depicts troops honoring their fallen comrades.
  • “Braveheart Footage” -- Depicts acts of heroism and bravery.
  • “Music Video” -- Footage or photos with recorded music.
  • “Aftermath” -- The results of combat operations, including damage done to enemy fortifications, vehicles and combatants.
  • “Airborne Assaults” -- Fighting done in conjunction with parachute or helicopter support.
  • “Raids” -- Raids conducted for intelligence, hostage rescue or search and destroy missions.
  • “Every Day” -- Depicts everyday camp life in a combat zone, including pranks, storytelling and scenes of camaraderie.

Entrants must review the full rules at http://www.troopsinaction.com, where they can also download entry forms or submit entries electronically. Mailed submissions may be sent to Troops in Action; 620 Market Street, Suite D; Wilmington, NC 28401-4637. Digital entries may also be e-mailed to info@troopsinaction.com. Entries and completed entry forms must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2006.

For deadline extensions or questions regarding the Troops in Action Film Festival, please e-mail info@troopsinaction.com or call (910) 262-7401.

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