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2001 Pennsylvania Film Festival Documentary Competition

The 2001 Pennsylvania Film Festival announces a competition for documentaries on topics of contemporary social interest.  The Festival desires to encourage and draw attention to alternative voices in documentary filmmaking.  The competition offers the Black Diamond Award, cash prizes, and screening during the Festival.  Films will be judged both for their social significance and artistic merit. The 2001 Festival will be held in historic Scranton, Pennsylvania from September 12 through September 16. 

There are no restrictions on subject matter, but the Festival requests that films be no more than 200 minutes in length and completed after January 1, 2000.  Films must be in English or have English sub-titles. Films should be submitted on VHS cassette for judging.  Selected films will be accepted in 16mm, 35mm, Beta SP and Digital Beta formats. The deadline for submission is July 6, 2001.  The application fee is $45.   To encourage early submission, the application fee will be reduced to $35 for submissions postmarked on or before June 6. 

To enter the competition, please complete and submit the entry form with the appropriate application fee, a VHS copy, and a written synopsis of the film to:  The Pennsylvania Film Festival, Bank Towers, Third Floor, 321 Spruce Street, Scranton, PA 18503. Entry forms can be downloaded at   or obtained by contacting the PAFF. For further information call Bruce Thomas at 570-558-3110, fax 570-558-3123, or email .