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Posted on: May 17, 2016

[ARCHIVED] 05/16/16 1st Annual Young Filmmakers Competition slated for summer

The City of Bristol, Tennessee is holding its 1st Annual Young Filmmakers Competition for high school students. The objective of the competition is to engage young filmmakers in the region by providing them with a platform to showcase their creativity alongside the city’s array of public parks.

Entrants must create a short film, 30-seconds to 2 minutes long, featuring at least 1 of the 30 city parks. “Summer in Bristol, Tennessee is so picturesque, especially in one of the many parks throughout the city. Bristol, Tennessee has city parks ranging from less than one acre up to one of the top five largest parks in the state, the 2,200 acre Steele Creek Park,” said Terry Napier, Director of Parks and Recreation.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three films by the Tennessee Entertainment Commission. There will be a 1st place prize of $500, a 2nd place prize of $300, and a 3rd place prize of $200. Film entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges, with their combined score determining the top 3 winners. As an added distinction, the top three films will be honored at the local PUSH Film Festival scheduled for the fall.

All high school students, grades 9-12, are encouraged to participate. “We are excited about offering this new summer project to high school students in our community,” said Terrie Talbert, Director of Community Relations for the City. “Members of our staff were introduced to a similar festival in another southeastern city and thought this project would be a great opportunity to showcase the beauty of our parks as well as highlight the talent of our youth.”

For more information and official rules on the Young Filmmakers Competition, go to, contact Brittany Fleenor in Community Relations at 423- 989-5500 Ext. 2028 or email

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