Tuesday, April 15, 2008

2008 FOCUS Film Festival requests submissions on living with a disability

The film, "Darius Goes West," screened
at the 2007 FOCUS Film Festival.

The 2008 FOCUS Film Festival will host its First Annual Filmmakers Competition: FOCUS on Living with a Disability.

The Festival would like submissions of short films, 30 minutes or under, in the categories of drama, comedy, documentary, animation, or experimental. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2008.

Held at the Cascade Theatre in Redding, Calif., and on the Chico State University campus in Chico, Calif., the FOCUS Film Festival "explores documentary and feature films, which 'focus on and examine the complexity of the human experience: relationships, aging, disability, culture, lifestyle, and more. Our objective is to enlighten and inspire our community by featuring quality films which offer insight into the lives of people from all walks of life. By showing a broad range of human experience, we believe we are closing the gap in perception, proving we are more alike than we are different."

The festival is sponsored by Far Northern Regional Center, Shasta County Arts Council, Union Bank of California, Shasta Regional Community Foundation, The Area 2 Developmental Disability Board, Rural Education Institute, Downtown Redding Business Association, Parent Infant Programs, First 5 Shasta, Rowell Family Empowerment Center of Northern California, We Care A Lot Foundation, Northern Sierra Rural Health Network, and ARC of Butte County.