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Aspen Filmfest, Plum TV partner to showcase local filmmakers

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ASPEN – Aspen Filmfest and Plum TV announce an exciting new partnership to present the fifth annual Local Filmmakers Showcase leading up to Aspen Shortsfest in early April. Sporting new categories, prizes totaling more than $3,000, a free community screening, TV exposure and more, this season’s competition offers local filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their cinematic chops and reach for the big ring – a chance to The only limits to the creativity are running time and residency. Films must be 10 minutes or less, including credits, and filmmakers must be current local residents of Pitkin, Eagle, or Garfield counties. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 14. Finalists will be selected for a special public presentation at the Wheeler Opera House in early April, prior to the 15th annual Aspen Shortsfest (April 5-9). The jury will announce this year’s winners at this presentation.”Best of Category” cash prizes of $300 each will be awarded for the best documentary, fiction, outdoor/action sports and student film. The “Best Overall Film” will receive a $500 cash prize, as well as a production package ($1,500 value) to be used towards the winner’s next short film (which must have a Roaring Fork Valley theme) to premiere on Plum TV.”Aspen Filmfest is delighted partner with Plum TV, and this project is a natural. We share a keen interest in encouraging local filmmakers of all ages to express themselves and tell their stories. The showcase is a fun and meaningful and way to support our homegrown talent,” said Laura Thielen, executive director of Aspen Filmfest. “The Local Filmmakers Showcase is such a great vehicle for talented local filmmakers or simply locals who want to try filmmaking,” states Kutcher Miller, general manager at Plum TV. “This is exactly what we’re trying to do at Plum – highlight the incredible community in which we live, and the incredible people that live here. Getting to work with filmfest is just icing on the cake and a great experience for us at Plum and for Aspen at large. We can’t wait to get this started.”Helping filmmakers source appropriate tunes for their works, Plum TV is making their own music library available. (Any movie screened on the Plum TV network must have approved music or written permission for copyrighted material.) Contestants are welcome to browse the library and choose the music of their liking. Call 925-9579 to make an appointment.To submit your film, visit or for complete guidelines and an official entry form. For more information or questions, call Aspen Filmfest at 970-925-6882 ext. 106.Vail, Colorado

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