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Oregon Coast Film Festival Call for Submissions

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Bandon, OR– Everybody’s got a story to tell. Share yours at the 2015 Oregon Coast Film Festival in Bandon, Oregon. Video storytellers are invited to submit their documentary shorts through September 1.

Film festival founder Dave Wilhite offers a new challenge in 2015: He wants to see “the greatest cranberry story ever told” brought to life on screen. Submissions in the new Cranberry Challenge will be eligible for festival screening and prizes.

A new archive of stock video is available on the festival website, featuring cranberry industry footage and contextual sequences of the Oregon Coast. Documentarians can develop their own Oregon Coast cranberry stories, using the festival’s stock video clips with additional video and photographs of their choosing.

Other categories for documentary shorts are, Historical and Cultural; Tourism, Outdoor and Recreational; and Student Videos. Independent and feature length submissions are also welcome.

The Oregon Coast Film Festival welcomes professional and amateur submissions through September 1. The 2015 Festival is October 9th and 10th, at the Sprague Community Theater in Bandon. Videos in all categories are screened at the festival. Prizes are awarded for the best documentaries. Find more information at

Tell your story

“I’m interested in hearing stories about the area and the landscape, the culture,” said Wilhite. A fan of narrative broadcast journalism and independent film, Wilhite says video is the storytelling medium of the day. His professional portfolio includes work in the internet and web development industry.

Digital technology makes shooting and publishing video an affordable, accessible medium for almost anyone.
“It’s so easy to tell a story, to drag and drop content on a timeline,” he said.

Wilhite moved to Southwestern Oregon from Southern California 11 years ago. His interest in local culture grew as he investigated the landscape, spoke with longtime residents and gained insight from their knowledge of the area.
He started the Oregon Coast Film Festival in 2013 to entice more storytellers to share their experiences. In the last two years, the festival has drawn entries from professional and amateur filmmakers throughout the Pacific Northwest. A few participants have used the local festival as a stepping stone to larger regional film festivals.

Tips for novice video producers

Wilhite encourages up-and-coming video producers to submit their work to the festival and offers ideas for those just getting started making documentaries.

• Get out and find your story: Take photos, shoot video, talk to people. Begin with what inspires you, then decide how to start and finish the story.
• Use whatever equipment is available to you: Capture videos and photos with a cell phone. Check out stock video available on the festival website. Edit your video with free online software at websites such as YouTube, or Google Drive’s WeVideo.
• Get creative: Visit the festival’s mixed media category. Videos may include video, photos, time-lapse photography, digital art, and animation.
• Find more ideas by watching a few of the festival’s previous entries, available on the festival website.


Prepared by Geneva Miller for Dave Wilhite, Oregon Coast Film Festival.

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