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Library Accepting Student Films for April Festival

Films must be submitted by March 20

Original film productions from high school and college students are being accepted by the Ocean County Library for its upcoming 2013 Student Film Festival. 

Works submitted will be shown at a red carpet event at Toms River's library branch at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, according to a statement.

Films — which can be in the categories of animation, commercial, documentary, full feature, news, sports short, public service announcement, short feature, experimental, and music video — must be submitted by March 20 and can be no longer than 20 minutes. 

"The festival’s judging panel is comprised of film media educators, artists, librarians and various film industry enthusiasts," the library said in a statement. "Judging criteria is based on several factors including originality, editing, audio quality and whether the film achieves its stated goal."

Applications, along with film guidelines, are available on the library's website and at all branches. Works can be submitted by students up to age 26 through U.S. mail or email through a YouTube link. 

"Students do not need to attend school in Ocean County to submit a film," reads a library statement. "Last year, the festival received more than 120 films submissions from national and international independent filmmakers."

The festival is funded by Ocean County Library, the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the Rotary Clubs and the Kiwanis Clubs in Ocean County.

Filmmaking workshops will be held throughout the library system in February and March. Dates and locations are available online.

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