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Deadline approaches for Digital Filmmakers Grant

Digital filmmakers who wish to apply for the 2005 Panasonic Digital Filmmakers Grant Program have until April 30 to submit their applications.

In its second year, the grant program will award four Grand Prizes as well as several runner-up awards. Abel Cine Tech will oversee the program.

The grant program offers grand prizes consisting on an equipment package, with a rental value of more than $17,000. It includes a three-week rental of the Panasonic AJ-SDX900 camera and Fujinon Broadcast zoom lens; 10 hours of DVCPRO50 videotape; and a 10-week rental of an editing package consisting of a Power Mac G5 with Final Cut Pro editing software and a Panasonic DVCPRO50 VTR with an IEEE1394 Firewire card courtesy of Abel Cine Tech, Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company, and Apple Computer.

Several camera-only awards will be made. The rental value of these awards is worth more than $4500 and will consist of a three-week rental of the AJ-SDX900 and 10 hours of DVCPRO50 videotape.

Entrants will be asked to submit: a one- to two-page treatment; a description of how will the project be edited; a comment on the features of the AJ-SDX900 that suit the project; a copy of the script or rough script; and a sample of the director of photography’s work. The Grand Prize Winners and additional camera-only grants will be announced during second quarter 2005.

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