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The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival wants you and your creations.

Film competition deadlines are fast approaching for the 15th annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, happening March 6-15, 2009.

The George Sidney Independent Film Competition, open to international filmmakers, has a final deadline of Dec. 1.

Approximately 40 films of varying lengths will become official selections of the 2009 festival, and will be eligible for cash prizes awarded at the Independent Film and King Vidor Awards night on the closing evening of the festival, March 15.

Of interest to budding local filmmakers is the new Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase, a competition open to filmmakers residing in San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and Santa Barbara counties.

There is no entry fee for this competition.

Films cannot be entered in both competitions however. Approximately 12 films will be selected for screenings taking place on March 9 at various downtown San Luis Obispo theaters. In addition, these films will be eligible for awards in several categories. The deadline for submission is Dec. 1.

Future Hitchcocks are also encouraged to submit their shorts.

Short films, that is.

The festival’s Filmmakers of Tomorrow Showcase will take place on March 8 and will feature films submitted to the competition, plus short films made by the participants of the 2008 Summer Youth Filmmaking Workshops last July, sponsored by the SLOIFF and the Holser Educational Fund for the Performing Arts. Young people from kindergarten through high school should submit their short films to the festival by Jan. 15.

Entry details for all competitions are at slofilmfest.org. Direct all film competition questions to festivaldirector@slofilmfest.org or 546-3456.

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