DALLAS, DEC. 2, 2010: Texas high school and college students can compete to win cash and grants totaling $30,000 by submitting their video about the future of energy. It’s part of the TXU Energy Light Up The Red Carpet Student Film Contest in conjunction with the DALLAS Film Society and the DALLAS International Film Festival.
“We are delighted to once again partner with TXU Energy to present this incredible student film contest,” said James Faust, Artistic Director, DALLAS International Film Festival. “TXU Energy’s support of student filmmakers was a highlight of last year’s festival, and it’s gratifying to be able to recognize the work of these future filmmakers as they compete for these prizes in 2011.”
“Texans are rethinking how we use energy,” said Michael Grasso, chief marketing officer for TXU Energy. “Energy efficiency saves money, is good for the environment and is good for Texas. Our commitment to invest $100 million in conservation and energy efficiency activities demonstrates that, and this video competition is just one way that others can help all of us explore our energy future through the film medium.”
To enter, students must be enrolled at a participating high school or university. Entries must be received by January 28, 2011. Videos should be appropriate to theme and follow contest guidelines. Interested participants should contact the DALLAS Film Society to find out if their school is eligible.
Each winning high school will receive the following cash Technology Grants for its film program: 1st place prize is $7,500; 2nd place prize is $5,000; and 3rd place prize is $2,500. In the college division, the same cash prizes will apply; however, the prize for each winner will be split between the college’s film program and the director of the winning video.
Online voting begins February 7, 2011. Finalists’ videos will be screened during the DALLAS International Film Festival scheduled for March 31 – April 10, 2011. Winners will be announced at the festival’s awards ceremony, on April 8, 2011. All finalists will have the opportunity to privately meet with industry professionals and a top filmmaker during the festival.
Patty Schubert, head of the film program at Garland High School, which won in 2010, adds: “Along with the money we received, our students were given an experience of a lifetime at the awards ceremony at the DALLAS International Film Festival. We are forever grateful to and thrilled that TXU Energy is willing to do this again.”
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