January 11, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Nicole Greene
FIRSTGLANCE AND PROJECT TWENTY1 TO HOST
"SHOW US YOUR SHORTS" SCREENING JANUARY 31ST
Philadelphia, PA – Project Twenty1, the creators of Philadelphia's largest filmmaking competition, and FirstGlance, Philadelphia's longest running independent film festival, will be co-hosting a film screening, "Show Us Your Shorts," January 31st at Marbar, located at 40th & Walnut Streets in Philadelphia. The event will be the first official event hosted by both of these festivals, and will feature an open-mic-style screening of short films provided by audience members on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Project Twenty1 Executive Producer Stephanie Yuhas sees these screenings as a great way to increase exposure for the Philadelphia film community. "We decided to make the Show Us Your Shorts event an open-mic-style screening in order to help burgeoning independent filmmakers in Philadelphia," says Yuhas. "This sort of screening will provide a larger and more diverse audience for those who might not normally have access to feedback outside of their immediate social circles."
The organizers will screen both finished works as well as works in progress up to 20 minutes in length. Films will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis. FirstGlance and Project Twenty1 will be offering over $300 in prizes to the Best Short of the evening consisting of all-access festival passes to both festivals in 2009, DVDs from both festivals, and additional material. "We're thrilled to offer these prizes to encourage the spirit of creativity and competition. In addition, for 'Show Us Your Shorts,' the attendee who arrives wearing the most hilarious short pants will also receive a door prize," added FirstGlance Festival Director Bill Ostroff.
This screening is set to be the first of many to be organized jointly by the two festivals. "One of the many reasons that we decided to partner is to provide more screenings around the city throughout the year as we build towards our festivals in October," says Matt Conant, Festival Director of Project Twenty1. "FirstGlance and Project Twenty1 have so many similar goals in terms of the Philadelphia film community, it only made sense to work together."
This event is free and open to the public. Films will begin screening at 7:00pm and will run approximately 2 hours.
For more information, please visit www.firstglancefilms.com, or www.projecttwenty1.com.