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Video Contest: Showcase the Triad

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Lisa Watts
Development Director
Video Contest: Showcase the Triad for Filmmakers
Contest Winner Lands Contract, Promotion at Screening Event
Piedmont Triad, NC — The Piedmont Triad Film Commission invites videographers and filmmakers to submit 30-second video shorts that inspire location managers, producers and directors to film their next production in our region. The contest winner will land a $5,000 contract to produce a three-minute version of the video (with credits) which will be posted on the Film Commission’s Web site and sent to film professionals. The winner will also receive promotion and publicity around a screening event with invited guests, including elected officials and other community and business leaders.
Contest entrants must be residents of the 12-county Piedmont Triad region. Submissions are due by July 29. A selection committee of film and marketing professionals will choose the top three finalists by August 12. The Film Commission will post finalists on its Facebook page along with information about the entrants and invite public voting. The winner will be announced by August 19, with the final video due October 10. (See attached entry form for more rules and information.)
The mission of the Piedmont Triad Film Commission is to create job opportunities, generate revenue, and increase the visibility of the Piedmont Triad by recruiting the production of motion pictures, television programs, and visual commercial advertisements within the region. The contest is made possible through an economic development grant from DataMax Foundation of Winston-Salem.
Video Contest Selection Committee
·       Rebecca Clark, executive director, Piedmont Triad Film Commission
In her 17 years with the film commission, Clark has recruited dozens of feature films, television series, and commercial productions to our region, among them the Academy Award-winning short Two Soldiers (2003), Junebug (2005), Leatherheads (2008), “Madhouse” (History Channel, 2009), and The Shunning (Hallmark Channel, 2011).

·       Mary Dalton, Documentary Film Program co-director and associate professor of communication, Wake Forest University
In addition to her teaching, Dalton is a media critic for WFDD and an author. Her film Martha in Lattimore won best documentary at the Real to Reel Film Festival. She holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies and an M.A. in broadcasting/ cinema from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Dalton serves on the Piedmont Triad Film Commission’s board of directors.

·       Monty Hagler, president and CEO, RLF Communications, Greensboro
Hagler’s career in public relations and strategic communications includes management positions with Trone, Capstrat, and First Union (now Wells Fargo) before leading RLF Communications. He serves on the North Carolina Film Council, the Board Advisors for the Department of Communication Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, and the Board of Visitors for UNCG.

·       Peter Kiwitt, visiting professor, School of Film and Animation, Rochester Institute of Technology
After earning an MFA at the American Film Institute, Kiwitt worked in the entertainment industry as a writer, producer, director, editor, and an executive at MGM Television.  He has taught cinema at Elon University and is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Piedmont Triad Film Commission’s board of directors.
·       Todd Morris, video development team, QSP/Time Inc.;
partner, Native Intelligence, Morris Marketing and Design, High Point
Morris’ marketing work includes directing the marketing and production for Red Dirt Rising (2009), filmed locally about the early days of stock car racing. He is a partner in Native Intelligence, a distributor of films, audio books, and music and other media. At QSP, Morris’s work on in-school training videos for students, parents and teachers includes talent sourcing, brand sponsorship, script development and location scouting.

·       Lisa Watts, development director, Piedmont Triad Film Commission
Watts joined the film commission in January 2011 after a career as a magazine editor and nonprofit marketing communications consultant.

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