From 2004 to 2008, the Palouse Arts Council hosted an annual one-day short film festival in August. During the festival, the council shared a series of independent short films and provide an enriching cultural experience for the residents of the small, quaint Washington state town.
The Film Festival
The Palouse Arts Council commenced the film festival with hopes of providing a cultural event that would please film lovers and introduce the medium to other residents of their small town. By 2007, the event attracted over 60 submissions from around the world, from nearby Canada to Japan. The council selected 16 films to be screened at the festival from a variety of genres such as comedy, drama and documentary.
While the event no longer takes place, the Palouse Film Festival provided residents with a fun, cultural experience. The film festivals took place on an evening in late August every year from 2004 to 2008. Each event began at 7:30 pm and lasted until 10 or 10:30pm. The films were screened at the Palouse Grange Hall, located on East Bluff Street. Admission for the event was $5 at the door.
The Palouse Arts Council invited local as well as international filmmakers to submit their works for consideration; each submitted film carried an entry fee of $10-20, depending on the date of submission, and was required to be submitted before the deadline of July 30th. To be eligible for the festival, the films were required to be no more than 10 minutes long. Aside from the time constraint, the festival was considered an "anything goes" event and encouraged films from any style or category.
Guests at the festival, along with a panel of judges, expressed their opinions by casting votes for their favorite films. Entries were eligible to win cash prizes for first, second and third place, as determined by the judges. Along with cash, recipients also received gift baskets that featured a variety of local and regional products with their award. One film also received the People's Choice Award, a cash prize given to the film that received the most votes from audience members.
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