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Deadline extended for short-film festival

The Rosemount Area Arts Council has extended the deadline for its first short-film festival.

The arts council is currently accepting entries for its first major project, the Shamrock Film Festival. The deadline for submissions is now June 25 to allow local filmmakers to put the finishing touches on their work.

The short-film festival, scheduled to take place July 18 during Leprechaun Days, is open to all Minnesota residents. There will be prizes awarded to the best films.

"Everyone loves the movies, and film festivals are becoming more and more popular for finding new talent," said Beth Adams, the RAAC's program committee chair. "We either drive to the theater or rent movies on a regular basis because they entertain and inspire us. They help us escape the humdrum of everyday life. It's something that appeals to the masses."

There is a 12-minute limit on all entries and films should be appropriate for a community audience. Filmmakers can also submit a trailer of up to three minutes. All entries will be judged prior to the festival on the basis of editing, scriptwriting and directing. There will be a separate award for the best-produced trailer.

"It's a delicious recipe of writing, cinematography, music and editing in one little compact package," Adams said. "We can be inspired in our own back yard."

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