A Wyoming short film contest was introduced at the Sundance Film Festival last week to glowing reviews. A $25,000 first prize is being awarded to the winning entry with a storyline that takes place in Wyoming, features Wyoming, or presents the state as a major character. Prize money will go toward production of the winner's next film shot in Wyoming. "We're trying to build a buzz. If you can get more independent, smaller filmmakers interested in Wyoming first that will help us bring in bigger projects down the line. It's a sort of trickle up effect," said Colin Stricklin of the Wyoming Film Office.
Films are due before May 9 and entries must be 15 minutes or less in length. "The short film format allows for all levels of experience and expertise. Our format is wide open and the possibilities are limitless," Stricklin noted. There is no entry fee and submissions are being accepted at: http://www.withoutabox.com/ The winning effort is to premier at the Jackson Hole Film Festival, June 5-9, 2008 in Jackson, Wyoming.