Goin' Hollywood, actually Austin.
Entries are now being sought for the fourth annual Nonprofit Film Festival. Filmmakers have until June 30 to submit a cause-based film to Lights. Camera. Help. (LCH), an Austin, Texas nonprofit that encourages other nonprofits to use film to tell stories.
LCH will distribute about $5,000 to the organizations highlighted in the winners' films. Prize money comes from ticket sales and sponsors, as well as a fundraiser at the festival.
"We're just really excited to be moving on into our fourth year," said Aaron Bramley, LCH's co-founder and director of education and communications. "We are the only film festival that is exclusively nonprofit-oriented. Other festivals are cause-oriented, but ours is the only one that spans the gamut of all causes."
Entries will fall into one of three categories, with one winner each: public service announcements, less than three minutes long; shorts, three to 29 minutes long; and features, 30 minutes and up. Bramley said the shorts category receives the most entries and is therefore the most competitive.
Last year's festival saw about 150 entries, down from the previous year because LCH got more specific in the criteria. Bramley said they received entries in the previous year that did not quite fit the festival's focus on cause-driven films, so they had to tighten the entry qualifications. But, he said the quality of the films were way up, and expects that trend to continue. And, as filmmakers adjust to the new entry rules, Bramley is expecting between 250 and 300 entries for this year's festival. The festival takes place September 12-14 in Austin.