Calling All Hot Shots

Macon ShortsMACON, GA (02/17/2011) - Macon is ready for her close-up. Today, The Gateway Initiative announced the launch of Macon Shorts, the latest creative project funded through a grant from the Peyton Anderson Foundation. In a sneak peak preview, guests were invited to La Galerie, a hip new art gallery in historic downtown, to learn how film makers can enter the hot new short-film competition with $15,000 in cash prizes.

The Gateway Initiative is shining the spotlight on Macon, Georgia's incredible assets, historic landmarks, interesting characters, creative culture, and musical legacy. Talented filmmakers will have the chance to tell a compelling story, while showcasing the Macon community from fresh, innovative perspectives. Creative expression is encouraged and applauded by a city filled with aspiring entrepreneurs and artists. With over 6,000 structures on the National Historic Register, an organically growing film industry, and a thriving arts community, Macon will play a lead role in each new short film.

Through Macon Shorts, The Gateway Initiative will promote and reward the best and brightest screenwriters, filmmakers, directors and crews with lucrative incentives and cold hard cash.  Four phases of competition will result in the local production of three films. Successful entrants will feature Macon landmarks, events and even actors in their storylines. Macon Shorts will become a major catalyst, spurring new creative projects, supporting local artists, and generating local economic activity. A special screening of all winning short films will scheduled for November 2011 where cash prizes will be awarded.