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Films in 5 deadline approaching

Brad and Kayla Simpson laugh with their aunt, Ann Simpson, winner of last year’s Films in 5 Festival. Festival founder Justin Atkinson (right) said there is still time to enter a film or video in this year’s event, which is scheduled for Oct. 7 at Park High School.

It's not too late to submit an entry to the Films in 5 Festival, but it's getting close.

Aug. 31 is the deadline for submitting an original film or video. The competition is open to the public.

Entries must be 5 minutes or less in length. All genres and formats are welcome, from animation to expressionist to cute kitten vignettes. But entries must not contain graphic violence, profanity, sexual content, nudity or copyrighted material. Entry fee is $5.

The festival is scheduled for Oct. 7 in the lecture hall at Park High School. It's sponsored by the Cottage Grove Arts Commission.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three films. A special trophy will be awarded to the audience favorite.

Entry forms can be found on the Cottage Grove website, Click on the Boards and Commissions tab and then click on the Arts Commission tab.

For additional information, email

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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