Ohio Independent Screenplay Awards

Ohio Independent

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(216) 926-6166 (voice)

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Contact: Bernadette Gillota, Artistic Director

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Personal coverage and feedback from programmers and readers on your screenplay will be available to every screenplay entrant. Cash prizes are awarded in each of three categories: Best Screenplay, Best Voice of Color Screenplay (written by or about people of color), and Best Northcoast Screenplay (set in or about northern Ohio).

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

An entry form and and entry fee must accompany each entry. One entry fee puts your screenplays in all the categories to which it qualifies.

Awards

Cash prizes are awarded in each of three categories: Best Screenplay, Best Voice of Color Screenplay (written by or about people of color), and Best Northcoast Screenplay (set in or about northern Ohio). $500 each winner.

Ohio Independent

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Ohio Independent Film Festival

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Dive Into This Year's Ohio Independent Film Festival

Dive Into This Year's Ohio Independent Film Festival & Market for Film, Fun, and Educational Programs

Between November 5th and 12th, the Ohio Independent Film Festival makes a splash with its wide range of programs and workshops devoted to the creation and exhibition of independent media art. In this weeklong celebration of all things film, you can attend seminars with established moviemakers, free programs on important issues, and events that foster the growth of our local film community.

Founded in 1993 by co-directors Annetta Marion and Bernadette Gillota, the Ohio Independent Film Festival exhibits work completed in a variety of media. Programming typically includes collections of short films, animation, and features that are world or Ohio premieres. This year's programming includes:

- Script Mill, an unstaged screenplay reading-one of the prizes of the Ohio Independent Screenplay Awards, is modeled after the Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Fifth Night Series in New York City. Screenplay readings are "movies in your imagination." They are raw and unstaged performances, but professionally directed and cast. Guided by a narrator, these readings are an important and innovative tool for screenwriters to road test a screenplay's dialogue and timing in front of a live audience. Tuesday, 7 November 8p.

- FREE special film program: "Conscience and the Constitution," an Ohio premiere (before it is broadcast by PBS) produced by Frank Abe. A panel discussion after the film with the participation Mr. Abe and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Cleveland Chapter's Speakers Bureau Chairperson Ed Ezaki with his committee members, follow by a reception. Scheduled for Wednesday, 8 November 6p.

- Ohio Day, a full day of films from Ohio filmmakers, the only day where all-Ohio films and shorts are shown from start to finish. Thursday, 9 November, starting at 9a.

- FREE special film program: "Will to Read: Estel Sizemore's story." A literacy program that depicts the personal story of Cincinnatian Estel Sizemore, who is no stranger to those who have seen literacy-related programs and public service messages for the past 10 years. Sizemore only learned to read in his mid-50s, and since has become the tri-state "literacy ambassador" appearing on national news programs and talk shows, being honored by the White House and telling his story to area schools, services groups and business gatherings. (This event is scheduled for Saturday, November 11, starting at 5pm with a panel discussion including Richard Peterson, Director, Project Learn; Vivian C. Riccio, Executive Director, Esperanza, Inc.; and Catherine Thomas, Director, Cleveland Reads, a program of United Way Services, moderated by Courtney DeOreo and reception afterward.)

- Independent Film School scheduled for November 11th and 12th, Saturday and Sunday mornings (from 9am to 1pm). Attend the workshop on Assistant Directing with New Yorker Paul Epstein at the Cleveland Public Theatre at 6415 Detroit Avenue. Mr. Epstein is a professional Assistant Director, working mainly in independent film. He has been the 1st AD on ten feature films, including "Never Again," directed by Eric Schaeffer and starring Jeffrey Tambor, Jill Clayburgh, and Bill Duke, and "Directing Eddie," directed by Laurence Kaldor, with Jaid Barrymore and Valerie Perreine. - Premiere of Cleveland's first Hispanic director's film: "Alvarez and Cruz." A full-length feature produced by Brick City21/Tostado Prods. Co-Directed by Vince Lozano, Alex D'Lerma aka Alex Tostado Groove 103.1, and Paul Maggetti.

- Cindy Penter hosted the Guest Curator Program that is slated for Sunday, November 12 at 5pm. The program depicts series of experimental films.

Many other programs will be tailored to diversity interests, and you can visit the Ohio Independent Film Festival's website at http://www.ohiofilms.com for detail on film schedules and listings, you can also download flyers and watch online the OIFF Highlights video clip.

The 2000 Ohio Independent Film Festival and Market continues to be an incredible resource to the local film community, with ongoing support from Cleveland businesses and organizations Dive in to the festival and enjoy a full week of educational, entertaining, and inspirational multimedia experiences.

Updated: 11/06/2000

Ohio Independent Film Festival

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1392 West 65th Street
Cleveland, OH 44102
(216) 926-6166 (voice)

Web:
www.ohiofilms.com
Email:
ohiofilms@yahoo.com

Contact: Bernadette Gillota, Artistic Director

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