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Helios Film Festival Joins Forces with TentSquare for ‘Female Filmmaker Challenge’

Helios Film Festival Joins Forces with TentSquare for 'Female Filmmaker Challenge'

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The Helios Film Festival and TentSquare have announced the launch of a “Female Filmmaker Challenge” as part of the film festival’s inaugural edition this October. The film festival, which opened its submission entries last month, will take place in Cincinnati from October 9-11 and will celebrate independent filmmaking by shining a light on local film production. 

The “Female Filmmaker Challenge” will be open to female writers, directors, cinematographers and producers to submit a short film up to 15 minutes. The winner of the website’s contest will receive $500, 2 VIP filmmaker badges and a spot on a “Women in Film” panel that will take place during the film festival. Choosing the winner of the contest will be actress/filmmaker Pollyanna McIntosh (“Let Us Prey,” “The Woman”), producer Kerry Fulton (“Justin and the Knights of Valor,” “Ana Y Yo”), and director/producer Sylvia Caminer (“An Affair of the Heart,” “Tanzania: A Journey Within”). A staff-chosen winner will also receive a $250 prize and a single VIP filmmaker badge. 
“We could not be more excited to join forces with TentSquare to host this Female Filmmaker Challenge in our very first year,” said Festival Director Lana Read. “As filmmakers ourselves, Co-Director Ramsey Stoneburner and I are thrilled that the Helios Film Festival will immediately establish itself as a home for female directors and a film festival they can look to as a place dedicated to putting their work front and center.”
“Film history is rich with so many contributions made by female filmmakers,” TentSquare’s Andrew van den Houten added, “and yet those creative voices are heard less often. The community is replete with talented women filmmakers and we’re excited to see what they create.” 
The deadline for entries for the “Female Filmmaker Challenge” is August 28. The winner will be announced when the Helios Film Festival reveals the lineup of films for its first edition next month.

As previously announced, the Helios Film Festival is currently accepting entries through August 31, 2015. The categories and submission information can be found on their website

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