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Douglasville downtown redevelopment program organizes film festival
by Tom Spigolon
May 22, 2013 01:55 PM | 1562 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Douglasville is supporting the state’s efforts to become the new Hollywood by organizing a film festival – but city officials are hoping it helps secure the industry’s future by asking its youngest residents to provide the entries.

The Douglasville Main Street Program has formed the inaugural On the Reel Film Festival and is seeking submissions from amateur filmmakers as young as 6.

The festival, set for Nov. 1 and 2 at the new Douglasville Conference Center, has set a Sept. 13 deadline for submissions — which allows entrants the entire summer to create their films, said Stephanie Aylworth, manager of the city’s Main Street Program.

“This is really targeted at children,” she said. “It will groom them for the film industry.”

The event could be unique among Atlanta-area film festivals that typically feature professional filmmakers.

“There’s not a lot out there like this,” Aylworth added. “Nothing really caters to that amateur.”

Though its focus is on youth, it will receive submissions from four age groups: youth ages 6 to 13; teens ages 14 to 18; traditional-age college students; and adult filmmakers ages 21 and up.

Categories include comedy, drama, documentary, animation and action/suspense. Films must not exceed a PG-13 rating under currently accepted standards, she said.

A panel of industry professionals will screen submitted films and select winners, according to a press release.

City advertising and promotions manager Kizzy Howell said the event could appeal to a wider audience because film enthusiasts have begun traveling to Georgia to see where recent films were made.

– such as nearby Hiram where part of “Footloose” was shot.

The festival’s promotional video is available online at

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