Opportunities for Local Filmmakers

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The dead of winter is a good time to fire up the creative juices. And for filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers, there's two things of interest this week.

The Steeltown Entertainment Project's Film Factory is still accepting entries for its short script competition. Finalists receive mentorship, and the eventual winner gets up to $30,000 to produce a short film in Western Pennsylvania. The winning short also premieres at the Three Rivers Film Festival.

New this year, all entrants will be assigned three other scripts to read on which they can provide feedback, which will be considered in the judging process.

Dust off your ideas and typewriters — scripts (no longer than 12 pages) are due by Fri., Jan. 31. See the Steeltown Entertainment site for complete details.

And, if you've already shot your film or video, Pittsburgh Filmmakers is looking to screen it this Friday. The slate is open to students and alumni of Filmmakers, as well as PF/PCA members. Artists can submit one film (up to 15 minutes), in the following formats: .mov, DVD, Blu-Ray. If submitting a film on 16 mm Super 8 or MiniDV, email Zavala@pghfilmmakers.org by Wed., Jan. 29.

Screening begins at 8:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 31, at Melwood Screening Room, in Oakland, with the last film beginning at 11 p.m.

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