Vail, Colo. - The Olympus Pen Your Short 48 Hour Film Contest will kick off at 11 a.m. MT, March 31, as part of the activities at the 2011 Vail Film Festival presented by Cadillac.
For the next 48 hours following the start of the contest, registered filmmakers will be asked to create a short film using the new Olympus Pen camera.
All short films must be submitted by April 2 at 10:59 a.m. MT. Films will then be screened on Saturday afternoon in the Cadillac Screening Room at Cinebistro.
The contest winner will be announced during the Saturday evening Awards Ceremony.
The winning team will receive $5,000, Olympus Pen equipment, VIP passes to the 2012 festival, and a private meeting with a Hollywood film producer.
The 2011 Vail Film Festival presented by Cadillac takes place March 31 to April 3 at the Sebastian hotel in Vail Village, and Cinebistor in the Solaris complex. This year's festival will showcase 67 films from around the world, including 11 feature films and 56 documentaries, shorts, adventure, student and animated films. The 2011 Festival will donate 5 percent of the overall ticket sales to the American Red Cross for earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts in Japan, and an additional 5 percent to Angelight Films, a 501(c) (3) non-profit production company that gives chronically ill children the opportunity to express themselves in their own short film.