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    Macon Shorts

    Macon Shorts

    The Macon Shorts film competition was first previewed for filmmakers in attendance for the Macon Film Festival in February 2011. With a little help from industry contacts around the country, the news spread like wildfire and by the April 15 deadline, the inaugural short film contest had received applications, resumes and treatments for close to a hundred potential films each of which featured at least three Macon locations and one of the city's signature festivals. Filmmakers were given a list of approximately 30 of Macon's landmarks, museums, historic sites, and colleges from which to select a minimum of three locations to incorporate into their film.

    The first round of Macon Shorts entries came from Japan, London, Indonesia, Los Angeles, New York, Florida and Kansas, as well as a significant number from filmmakers from within Georgia. The field was then narrowed to eighteen contestants who were asked to submit scripts for their proposed films.

    In the second phase, the panel of jurors was expanded to review the scripts with input from filmmakers, directors, film enthusiasts, and academicians. Each script was evaluated for storyline, characters and feasibility of production, as well as how effectively the objectives of Gateway Macon were met through the incorporation of locations and characters. On June 1, all filmmakers were notified of the outcome, including the five finalists who have been asked to submit full production books with budget, cast, crew, locations and schedules for the final selection phase.

    The five finalists vying for the top three spots to be funded were: "Superhero" by Kristen Wright (in association with Jeff Shipman) Atlanta, GA; "Home" by M. Elizabeth Hughes, Los Angeles, CA; "Richard and Jimi" by Michael Dunaway, Atlanta, GA; "The Razzle" by Joseph Guay, Atlanta, GA; "Final Acts" by James Kicklighter, Bellville, GA. The genres vary from romantic comedy to period drama with potential locations including The Hay House, Mercer University, Wesleyan College, Luther Williams Field, Grand Opera House, Ocmulgee River, Grant's Lounge, Rose Hill and Riverside Cemeteries and the Macon Regional Airport with references to Bragg Jam, Cherry Blossom Festival, and the Macon Film Festival.

    At the end of June, three final scripts were selected to be shot in Macon and three lucky filmmakers will be provided seed money for the production of their 10 minute films. Additional stipends are being offered to filmmakers who choose to utilize local talent, crew and vendors in the making of their film. The three finalists were "Superhero" by Kristen Wright (in association with Jeff Shipman) of Atlanta, GA; "The Razzle" by Joseph Guay of Atlanta, GA; and "Final Acts" by James Kicklighter of Savannah, GA. The selected films were shot in and around Macon during July, August and September.

    During the Rock and Reel event on November 15, "Final Acts" was named the grand prize winner with "The Razzle" and "Superhero" both taking second place awards.

    Macon Shorts Finalists