The Light Factory Screens Short Films at Annual Filmmakers’ Showcase

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Now accepting entries for May 13 and 14 screenings; deadline April 15!

The Light Factory seeks short films from filmmakers all over the country for the 11th Annual Filmmakers' Showcase, to be held Friday, May 13 (at 9:30 p.m.) and Saturday, May 14 (8:00 p.m.), at Butter cocktail lounge. The Light Factory Filmmakers’ Showcase highlights the art of short films, created by emerging, established and student filmmakers. Submissions are due Friday, April 15, 2011. There is no fee to enter and winners can earn cash prizes. Guidelines and other information about the event can be found online at

The Light Factory is a contemporary museum of photography and film, originally founded as an artist-photographers’ cooperative in 1972. In 1999, The Light Factory added film to its mission and began offering support and exhibition space to screen work from independent filmmakers, as it had for photographers 27 years prior. The Light Factory Filmmakers’ Showcase furthers this mission by exhibiting new work by filmmakers all over the globe, with focus on regional filmmakers from the Carolinas.

The Light Factory considers a short film anything less than 30 minutes in length. The format of short film lends itself to the long-running success of the Annual Filmmakers’ Showcase, which has become one of the most diverse nights of film programming for the entire year. Not only does the Showcase feature two evenings of work by many different artists, but the types of film vary in genre from narrative, to experimental, animation, documentary and beyond.

Shorts are also a more feasible outlet for filmmakers to try new things. “You would be hard-pressed to find a technical or aesthetic innovation that was not first tried in the short form,” says The Light Factory Film Director, Linnea Beyer. “The shorter duration lends itself towards a smaller budget. Less financial risk almost always equates to more artistic freedom which is the focus of the event.”

There is no fee for filmmakers to enter. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2008, and must be submitted no later than Friday, April 15, 2011. Submission guidelines for the Annual Filmmakers’ Showcase can be found at

All films are viewed and judged by a selection committee, a volunteer group comprised of filmmakers, film enthusiasts, film educators and critics. Awards include Best in Show ($100 cash prize), Best Local Film ($50 cash prize), Best Narrative Film ($50 cash prize), Best Documentary Film ($50 cash prize), Best Animation Film ($50 cash prize), Best Experimental Film ($50 cash prize) and Best Student Film ($50 cash prize). There is also a Best ‘Family Portrait’ film ($50 cash prize) inspired by the Bring the Family exhibition, currently on display in the Knight Gallery until May 22, 2011 (

The Light Factory is graciously supported by basic operating grants from the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and the North Carolina Arts Council.

The Light Factory is one of only four museums in the United States that promote the power of image through photography and film. For more than 30 years, The Light Factory has served students, artists and the public at large by offering film screenings, photography exhibits, classes and outreach programs that promote media literacy and self-expression using the most powerful mediums of our time. The Light Factory is a 501©3, non-profit organization. To find out more about The Light Factory, or make a donation visit

Contact: Dee Grano, 704-333-9755, dgrano(at)lightfactory(dot)org


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