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The Skinny

Spring is finally upon us and with it a chance to discard the emotional remnants of failed auditions, lousy headshots, and rude casting directors every actor endures at least once in his or her career. Now is the time for renewed commitment and passion, the time to remember that, despite all the obstacles, the journey is always worthwhile.

Poetry People

The International Library of Poetry has announced that $58,000 in prizes will be awarded this year in the International Open Poetry Contest. Poets from the Los Angeles area, particularly beginners, are welcome to try to win a share of the 250 prizes. The deadline for the contest is May 31, 2005. The contest is open to everyone, and entry is free. To enter, send one original poem, any subject and any style, to: The International Library of Poetry, Ste. 19922, 1 Poetry Plaza, Owings Mills, MD 21117. The poem should be 20 lines or less, and the poet's name should appear at the top of the page. You may also enter online at The International Library of Poetry, founded in 1982, is the largest poetry organization in the world.

These Are the People in my Neighborhood

To promote National Neighborhood Day's mission and vision, is hosting a film contest for professional and amateur filmmakers to illustrate, through a five-minute-or-less film, what their neighborhood means to them. Films will be judged by a panel of renowned filmmakers and community activists, including civil rights pioneer Ruby Bridges and producer Terry Sanders, who won an Academy Award for his documentary on Maya Lin. National Neighborhood Day is celebrated in neighborhoods across the country each year on the second Sunday in September as an annual day to recognize and reinforce the relationships that are the fabric of our communities. The youth grand prize winner will receive $2,000, and the adult grand prize winner will receive $5,000. Visit for more information.

Off to the Vineyard

The Third Annual Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival (MVAFF), a celebration that showcases the work of independent and established filmmakers, will take place Aug. 11-14, in Oak Bluff and Vineyard Haven. The festival has announced a call for entries for its film competition. Entry forms are available by logging on to The four-day festival will focus on "Women of Color in Filmmaking." The deadline for entry is June 15, 2005.

Cinema Salon

New York City–based Film in the City is currently seeking short film submissions for its monthly new popular signature program FITC Industry Nights Salon. FITC Industry Nights is a monthly program that showcases the latest short films by directors from around the country. FITC is currently accepting only shorts submissions for the FITC Industry Nights Salon. Film shorts must be between five and 20 minutes long, while feature and documentary submissions can be between one and one-and-a-half hours long. If interested, email your brief one-paragraph bio to, and write "shorts" in the subject line (no attachments). Include the length of your film and include contact info. List any film festivals or competitions that the film has already been shown in, as well as when the film was made. FITC will respond only to those filmmakers whose work it has an interest in showcasing.

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