May 21, 1999

Southern California College Students Invited to Enter Online Short Film Competition

A film competition aimed at student filmmakers takes a walk on the Web side this month when MediaOneO Road RunnerO, one of the nation's top providers of high-speed online services, kicks off its First Annual Online Student Short Film Competition. Targeted at college students throughout Southern California, the competition seeks to provide a high-tech venue for students, academics, filmmakers and MediaOne Road Runner customers to share in the cinematic dream and to explore the unique genre of short films.

Student filmmakers must submit their short films by June 15, 1999 to be eligible for the contest. Ten short films from each category - Fiction, Documentary and Animation - will be chosen as finalists. Those films will then be encoded at high bit rates and streamed on MediaOne Road Runner's Web site from July 15 to September 15, 1999, exposing the students' work to more than 100,000 MediaOne Road Runner customers across the country.

Cash prizes will be award-ed to first and second place winners from each of the three categories. First place winners receive $1,000 and second place winners receive $500.

Films will be judged based on their originality, integrity and technical excellence in their approach to their subject matter and to the art of the short film. The film festival jury is comprised of national and regional film critics, directors and esteemed film professors. Cannes Film Festival participant, Forefront Films of New York, N.Y., will review the winning films for possible distribution.

Please send entries to MediaOne Road Runner, Attn: Editorial Department, 9000 E. Nichols Avenue, Suite #100, Englewood, Colorado, 80112. Entry forms and license agreements can be printed from the Media-One Road Runner film festival site:

For telephone inquiries call 303/705-5118 or 303/705-5152.

There is no cost; however, each student is allowed to submit only one entry in the competition. Films must be 20 minutes or under in length, provided on Beta (preferred) or VHS videotape, and accompanied by a brief written or videotaped student biography.

Entrants must be at least 18 years old and have been enrolled in one of the following colleges during the Fall 1998 - Spring 1999 academic year: University of Southern California; University of California, Los Angeles; Loyola Marymount; Arts Center College of Design; San Diego State University; University of California at San Diego; Los Angeles Community College; American Film Institute; Orange Coast College; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Riverside; Chap-man College in Orange; or California Institute of the Arts.

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