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Film festival accepting submissions

— The fourth annual Steamboat Mountain Film Festival has a new format this year and is still accepting submissions.

All entries need to include a five-minute teaser/trailer of the full-length feature film. The top four shorts will be shown Nov. 10 and the audience will vote on which features will air on Nov. 12.

“We made the switch to make it more exciting for the audience,” said Michael Martin, festival organizer. “We have also removed the guideline that it has to be predominantly Steamboat footage. We are just trying to open it up to more outside areas.”



Martin has already received entries from Austria and Switzerland.

“We’re getting international all of a sudden,” he said. “We’re pretty open to anything as long as it fits the overall theme.”



The full-length feature cannot be longer than 35 minutes including the credits. Films have to be completed after Sept. 1, 2005, involve the outdoors and include some aspect of an action sport.

“Sometimes we get Joe’s backyard basement video and we have to weed out some of them,” Martin said. “We have grown as a festival and get some entries that are not the right genre.”

Last year’s submissions featured a lot of summer sports including mountain biking and kayaking, but it was three ski films that aired during the festival.

“The Steamboat Mountain Film Festival has grown into a great way to relive the past year’s epic moments and kick off another winter season,” Martin said. “The festival brings together locals to share their talents and showcase the life we live here in Steamboat.”

Martin compares the festival to a last free concert of the fall.

“It’s the last local get together before every one takes off for their winter jobs and goes into seclusion,” he said.

Entries can be delivered to room 310 in Monson Hall at Colorado Mountain College or mailed to Steamboat Mountain Film Festival, c/o festival organizer Michael Martin, P.O. Box 883322, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 80488.

Call Martin for more information at (970) 870-9676 or visit http://www.steamboatfilmfestival.com.

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Oct. 31.


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