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Peebles call for adventure filmakers

Following the success of its 2016 Outdoor Shorts competition in January, which saw a record number of entrants, the Peebles Outdoor Film Festival is once again inviting short film submissions for its 2017 festival competition.

Ahead of the next festival (27-29 January 2017), film-makers of all ages are invited to submit outdoor-themed films, either documentary or fictional work, of no more than five minutes duration that demonstrate creativity, originality and story-telling skill.

Films can detail a particular adventure, journey, sport, personal experience, or be a portrait of a particular person or place. All must capture the magic and natural beauty of being outdoors.

The competition sees two categories, under 18 and open, with prizes awarded in each category. Winners of the 2017 Outdoor Shorts competition will be chosen both by a panel of expert judges and by public vote during the festival when a viewing facility will be set up for festival-goers to watch all short-listed films.

Photo: Greg Boswell

Photo: Greg Boswell

Short-listed entrants will be invited to attend the final short film session of the festival on the evening of 29 January, when the prize winners will be announced and their films shown on the big screen at the Eastgate. The deadline for submission is noon on 9 January 2017.

“Our 2016 Outdoor Shorts competition saw a wonderful range of films from far and wide, with the judges extremely impressed by the quality of the work submitted,” said Rich Rowe from Peebles Outdoor Film Festival. “As the competition grows in stature, we anticipate another rich and varied selection of submissions for the 2017 festival.”

The 2016 Outdoor Shorts competition saw A Year in the Life of Stramash collect the judge’s prize, while the wonderfully inventiveshort film Extreme Tennis: Anywhere, Anyway won the public vote during the course of the festival.

Organised by the Eastgate Theatre, and now in its third year, the Peebles Outdoor Film Festival features three days of top quality speakers, adventure films, hands-on sessions, and a mini-exhibition featuring local activity companies and outdoor gear manufacturers. The full programme for the 2017 festival will be launched at the end of October.

An entry form and full guidelines for entrants to the 2017 Outdoor Shorts competition can be found online or call Box Office on 01721 725777.

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