Dubois County Film Commission Announces Call Out for Film Festival Entries

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The inaugural Southwest Indiana Film Festival is taking place on August 8 - 9 in Huntingburg, Indiana. The Dubois County Film Commission is currently seeking entries.

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To kick off this first film fest, great prizes like a Blackmagic camera, a GoPro camera package, cash, and more are being offered.

The Little Hollywood of the Midwest, Huntingburg, Indiana, is hosting the first annual Southwest Indiana Film Festival August 8 and 9.

It’s been awhile since the words “Lights, camera, action” have been uttered locally, but Hollywood has recognized Dubois County as a great place to make movies.

Besides several independent films, an HBO special and two feature films - “A League of Their Own” and “Hard Rain” - have been filmed in Dubois County. Plus, Jasper, Indiana, has been featured in the hit TV show “Revolution” and is the model for the city in “The Middle”.

Recognizing this tradition, the Dubois County Film Commission is pleased to announce the first annual Southwest Indiana Film Festival (SWIFF).

First time filmmakers, seasoned professionals, and even YouTube video enthusiasts are all welcome to enter. Entry forms and directions are available at http://www.filmduboiscounty.com. Fill out the entry form, get the film requirements, and start filming!

The Commission is seeking original, 5 minute short films (plus 1 minute of credits) specifically for this exciting event. Each filmmaker/team will be assigned a particular genre (horror/sci-fi, drama, or comedy), and be required to include specific elements in each entry. Films must include three distinct Dubois County landmarks (options will be provided to assist you), and 30% of your film's final run time must be culled from footage shot utilizing these identifiable locations. The final requirement is that you must include the line "Only in Dubois County" spoken or shown visually at some point in your film and not in the title or credits.

Teams are encouraged to organize their projects and then visit Dubois County to make their short film. More details on this and other requirements are included in the entry form/information available on the SWIFF website at: http://www.filmduboiscounty.com.

Entry fees are due at the time of registration for the festival. There are two different levels for entry, Pro and Amateur. The early bird deadline for registration is July 1, and the cost is $150 for Pro, and $50 for Amateur. The late registration deadline is July 14 and the fees increase to $200 for Pro and $75 for Amateur (save money by registering prior to this!).

All films are due July 18, no exceptions. No films will be accepted after this deadline, and registration fees are nonrefundable.

On Friday, August 8, there will be an opening night gathering for all filmmakers and special guests, including TBA festivities and door prizes. All day Saturday, August 9, there will be screenings of the film entries, as well as seminars, workshops, lectures, Q&As, demonstrations, and more, presented by special guests. These will include various filmmaking topics and trends. That evening there will be an awards ceremony with prizes.

To kick off this first film fest, great prizes like a Blackmagic camera, a GoPro camera package, cash, and more are being offered.

The DUBOIS COUNTY FILM COMMISSION looks forward to viewing your films and seeing you at SWIFF.

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