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Lights. Camera. Competition!


TXU Energy and the Dallas Film Society launch the Third Annual 2012 TXU Energy Light Up the Red Carpet Student Film Contest

Cameras across Texas are rolling as high school and college students throughout the state begin working on their submissions for the TXU Energy and Dallas Film Society’s Third Annual 2012 TXU Energy Light UP the Red Carpet Student Film Contest. These budding directors are competing to win money and a chance to mingle with Hollywood stars and professionals with their videos about the future of energy.

According to last year’s winners, there’s no time like the present for student film makers across Texas to seize the chance at winning the cash prizes and the accolades that come with the contest’s top honors.

“It really gave me the confidence that showed me that I can do well and that film school’s not out of my reach and I can really get into it,” said Kassidy Testut, about winning top prize in the high school division of the 2011 contest. “And I did!”

Katherine Yarbrough, director of “Queen Kill-A-Watt,” from The Art Institute of earned the top prize in the college division in the 2011 contest.

“I heard a lot of people saying that they could have done better,” said Yarbrough, about fellow students’ reaction to her film. “But, they didn’t enter. So, I would encourage everybody, especially the people who looked at it last year and thought, ‘Oh yeah, these are pretty good. I think I could probably do better…’ Then, do it. Just do it!”

Both Yarbrough and Testut say that winning the contest was a great boost to their resumes, which led them to solid opportunities, including an internship at the Cannes Film Festival for Yarbrough and film school at the University of Southern California (USC) for Testut.

Students interested in competing in the 2012 competition should create a 3-5 minute video relating to the future of energy and energy efficiency in any of the five following genres: music video, comedy, animation, horror/sci-fi, or drama. Students participating in this year’s competition are asked to post their video submissions online at txu.com/studentfilmcontest before February 10, 2012. Entries will also be accepted by mail.

The public will begin voting on the submissions in late February to determine the top five high school and college finalists. Representatives of The Dallas Film Society and TXU Energy will select the Grand prize winners.

The 2012 finalists will walk the red carpet and will be recognized at the Dallas Film Society Honors and Awards Presentation on April 21, where the high school and university finalists will find out who receives the grand, first and second prizes. Finalist films will also be screened during the 2012 DALLAS International Film Festival.

This year’s grand prize winners will win $7,500. The other prizes include $5,000 for first prize and $2,500 for second prize in the high school and college categories. High school finalists’ Audio/Visual (A/V) departments will receive 100 percent of the prize money, and finalist university students will split cash winnings with their universities’ A/V departments. Runners-up and all finalists will also receive free video editing software valued at approximately $400.

To learn more about the 2012 competition, visit the competition website at txu.com/studentfilmcontest. The winning videos and other 2011 finalist entries can be seen on the TXU Energy YouTube Channel.