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The Skinny

Much like last week, many of the items in this week's Skinny are devoted to the younger set. The next generation may just give you a real run for your money if this keeps up.

Cyber Students announced the first digital short contest sponsored by Welch Integrated, Inc. All entries will be featured on the Web site during the contest. Entries must be in a digital format that can be downloaded from the site and must be no larger than 50MB. The first-place winner will receive $500 and a $250 bookstore gift card. There is a $20 submission fee. The deadline to submit is Jan. 31, 2005. Visit the site for more information.

Creative Camp

Interlochen Arts Camp has announced a series of innovative changes to its summer training regimen. The Camp has expanded its program offerings, intensified its curriculum, and changed its schedule to accommodate more children. Interlochen has also expanded its learning opportunities for adult students, as well. New program offerings include a three-week high school musical theatre workshop, a digital imaging program in visual arts, the integration of chamber music into the music curriculum for high school and intermediate students, and expanded creative writing offerings for high school students. An Interlochen summer includes fully staged theatre productions, weekly student visual arts exhibitions, dance presentations, and scores of music ensembles performing a variety of challenging repertoire. Details about all the programs, including a new, easier online application, are at Adults seeking their own educational opportunities can visit or call (231) 276-7387 for more news about adult and continuing education at Interlochen.

Cingular Sensation

Cingular Wireless is searching for film students and young customers to create 15-second films on their wireless phones. The Cingular Wireless Short Film Festival, a national initiative, is offering cash and prizes for the best film shorts produced on video phones. There are two separate categories: one for college film students and the other for Cingular users ages 13 to 24. For the film student portion, the festival will be judged by Hollywood director Brett Ratner, a New York University film school graduate. To encourage participation among the film students, Cingular will provide, on a first-come, first-served basis, Motorola V551 video phones. Film students who miss out on the loaner phones can still submit an entry if they have access to a VMS–capable phone with Cingular service. The films can fit within different genres, including action, comedy, and experimental. Ratner will judge the films on specific criteria, including creativity, expression, and entertainment value. The overall student winner will receive a Motorola V551 phone, $500 in Cingular Gift Cards, and $5,000 in cash. All submissions will be available for viewing on the film short microsite: At the end of the festival, one grand-prize winner will receive a Motorola V551 phone stocked with ringtones, as well as 10 free movie passes and $5,000 in cash. Visit for additional information about the contest, including rules and submission guidelines. The deadline is Jan. 31, 2005.

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