Ashland Independent Film Festival Awarded $10,000 Grant for Student Film Competition

The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation Board has awarded organizers of the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) a $10,000 grant to expand The Launch, a Southern Oregon student film competition. The Cow Creek funding supplements grants already awarded by the Carpenter Foundation, the Jackson County Cultural Coalition and the Juan Young Trust to support the film festival�s educational efforts.

Although the entry deadline for other filmmakers has passed, Southern Oregon students from Curry, Coos, Douglas, Klamath, Jackson, and Josephine counties have until January 26 to submit their films to the 6th annual AIFF to be held April 12-16. The Ashland organization has already received a record 850 entries from around the world and will select 80 to show during the festival.
Students in The Launch will compete in four age categories: K-5, 6-8, 9-12, and undergraduate. Competition entries must be 5 minutes or less and made in 2006. Winners will have their films screened during the 2007 Ashland Independent Film Festival, conduct Q&A sessions with audiences, and receive a filmmaker VIP pass that allows access to the same events and privileges as visiting independent filmmakers from around the world. Winners will also be eligible for an Avid video editing software package. All students who enter the competition will receive tickets to see festival films.

The Festival is scheduled for April 12-16, 2007 at the Varsity Theatre and Historic Ashland Armory. For more information, and entry forms for The Launch , visit http://www.ashlandfilm.org .

For more information please contact Tom Olbrich at 541.488.3823.

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