Fischgaard competition looking for filmmakers

Farm Forum

Organizers of this year’s Fischgaard Short Film Project are looking for filmmakers.

The annual filmmaking competition takes place May 3-5 in Aberdeen.

During the competition, filmmaking teams create a movie — writing, shooting and editing a four- to seven-minute film — in one weekend. It is open to professionals and amateurs alike. The films are adjudicated and awards are handed out following the public viewing at 6:30 p.m. May 5 at the Capitol Theatre.

“The Fischgaard Short Film Project is a chance for young filmmakers to add to their portfolio and for first-time filmmakers to gain valuable experience,” Tom Black, organizer of the Aberdeen event, said in a statement. “Regardless of their skill level, the competition is a unique experience for filmmakers.”

This year cash awards will be given to winning filmmakers at the Fischgaard Short Film Project.

“The mission of the competition is to motivate independent filmmakers and to enhance film as art in South Dakota,” Black said.

Teams will draw their film’s genre May 3. At the same time, they receive a character, prop and line of dialogue that must appear in the film. Teams then race to create their film in one weekend. At the Capitol Theater May 5, audiences will have a chance to vote for their favorites when they see the finished work.

Registration is limited and entrants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Aberdeen Community Theatre office, 417 S. Main St., or online at Registration is $20 per team with no limit to the size of the team. Each team will receive four tickets to the public viewing.