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Comedy Film Short is the Hot Ticket at Summer Film Festivals — Owning Mahowny Scribe, Maurice Chauvet










Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 12, 2007

Screenwriter and now director, Maurice Chauvet has an enviable film festival schedule this summer with his comedic short film and has barely enough time to do laundry between festivals.

Chauvet, best known for the screenplay adaptation of the film Owning Mahowny (Sony Classics, 2003) and to live theater audiences as playwright, has a side-splitting comedy short film on the 2007 film festival circuit — “Three-Fifty.”

Recognize that number? It’s the classic charge for video late fees. Chauvet delivers the hilarious story of a guy who tries to weasel out of his late fees at the local video store only to discover their database has access to intimate details of his past — and his future. Backstage West called the stage version “screamingly funny” and “especially hilarious” and audience squeals at the film festivals agree.

Making its world-premiere this April in Aspen, Colorado at the Aspen ShortsFest, comedy “Three-Fifty” was one of only 12 American films accepted into the prestigious festival. Indie Wire called it one of the two notable American films at the fest. Two weeks later, Nashville audiences were laughing it up at the Nashville International Film Festival and one week after that, comedy “Three-Fifty” had its Los Angeles premiere at Silver Lake Film Festival

The short comedy’s next film festivals:

July 12    Dances With Films, Los Angeles, CA

July 28    Napa/Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival, Napa, CA

August 4    Dallas Video Festival, Dallas, Texas

August 10 Hermosa Shorts Film Festival, Hermosa Beach, CA

“We’ve found our audience and are having a great time building our fan base,” said writer/director Maurice Chauvet. “To take a comedy out into the world and hear people laugh and enjoy the film is what it’s all about. We got to make EXACTLY the film we wanted to make and that is a priceless experience.”

Chauvet used the actors who created the roles on stage for the short film: Evin Grensted, Michael Angelo Stuno, Melinda Augustina.

About Writer/Director Maurice Chauvet: Maurice Chauvet received a Genie Award nomination for best adapted screenplay for Owning Mahowny (Sony Classics, 2003). He has written feature films for 20th Century Fox and Nickelodeon/Paramount. Maurice is a founding member of the Venice, CA-based theatre group Apartment A and is the company’s Co-Artistic Director. His produced plays include The Thing in the Corner, Ascension, A Safe Distance (Ovation Award nominee, best world premiere play, Backstage West Critics list), Sunday Morning, Suicide Sam, All Night Radio, Bobby Zero, The Chess Game and Wild Kingdom. Chauvet is repped by William Morris Agency

Trailer, Photos, Chauvet interview available at: http://www.myspace.com/threefiftythemovie

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Call for Entries: Second Annual Summer Shorts 2006 Film and Video Competition Open to All Film and Video Makers










New York, NY (PRWEB) July 28, 2006

StudentFilmmakers.com (http://www.studentfilmmakers.com) announces its 2nd Annual Summer Shorts 2006 contest, which is open to all film and video makers around the world. The short film and video competition welcomes all genres and multiple submissions.

The purpose of the short film contest is to provide filmmakers the opportunity to gain more visibility in the industry and gain future opportunities for career advancement, as eligible works will be showcased online, viewed by industry professionals and shown at future film screenings and tradeshows.

“The contest is free to enter. We have wonderful prizes. The winners will be featured in our magazine, which is distributed to studios, cinematographers, and professionals working in the industry,” says Kim E. Welch, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of StudentFilmmakers magazine. “Directors and producers visit our website and our booth at tradeshows looking for new talent. This is an opportunity to connect with them and show your work.”

The rules allow for films to be within 5 minutes and 85 megabytes in digital movie file size, and submitted via URL, FTP, CD, or miniDV tape. Additionally, only QuickTime movie file format is accepted. Summer Shorts 2006 participants must visit the contest’s website for additional rules and guidelines to enter, http://www.studentfilmmakers.com/summershorts, and films must be submitted by September 30, 2006, 5:00 PM EST.

The finalist will be announced at the StudentFilmmakers.com website on October 15, 2006. The winners will be announced on November 20, 2006.

The Summer Shorts 2006 contest is organized by StudentFilmmakers.com and sponsored by Princeton Server Group, FujiFilm, The New School, Lowel, JVC, Abel Cine Tech, Sony, and Final Draft.

All eligible films will be showcased at StudentFilmmakers.com, and viewers can review and rate films online. Finalists and winners will be selected by the StudentFilmmakers committee and a panel of film industry experts. The top ten eligible films will advance to the final judging. The final winners will be determined based on entertainment value, creativity and production value.

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