Mainstreet Film Festival accepting submissions through Jan. 15

The Carthage Main Street Youth Advisory Council is now accepting submissions through Jan. 15 in both the young filmmaker and independent filmmaker categories for an upcoming film festival.

The new Mainstreet Film Festival is planned Saturday, Feb. 1. It’s an event created and hosted by the Main Street Youth Advisory Council, made up of teens from throughout Panola County, and is part of a wider push to make the Esquire Theater a source of promotion for all the arts.

Winners of the film festival will be awarded cash prizes, with their films being part of a public screening. A reception is also being planned for the winners.

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Submission Guidelines

Any genre or type of film is welcome, provided it is family-friendly.

  • There are two categories: Young Filmmaker, for those 18 and below, and Independent Filmmaker, for those 19 and older.
  • Films must be at least three minutes long and no longer than 25 minutes.
  • Films can have been completed at any time, and filmmakers can submit more than one entry
  • Submissions mean filmmakers have granted permission to screen their film if selected for the 2019 line-up
  • Selected films will be shown Feb. 1. Filmmakers will be asked to provide a digital press kit containing a head-shot, filmography, black and white stills from the film, and a video trailer.
  • Finalists must be present at the festival to win a prize, although organizers said they would accept a representative of the winning film if “he/she played a major role in the film’s production and we are notified at least 1 week in advance of the festival.”
  • Films should be submitted on