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University of North Alabama
Office of University Relations

William M. Jarnigan, Director
Tel: 256-765-4225
Fax: 256-765-4812

November 10, 1999

For release: Immediately

By Mary Jo Parker
UNA Public Relations Intern

FLORENCE, Ala. - Entertainer George Lindsey, University of North Alabama President Robert L. Potts, retired UNA professor of journalism Bobbie Hurt and instructor in communication Lisa Darnell announced today the 2000 George Lindsey Television and Film Festival, which will host actor Stephen Root as the featured artist during the April 27-29 event.

The festival, coordinated by Hurt and Darnell and run by the UNA Department of Communications and Theatre and the UNA Office of University Relations, will feature professional and student national competitions in various forms of film and video. The festival will feature workshops, screenings of the entries and an awards gala. The deadline for entries is December 10, 1999.

According to Dr. Lindsey, the addition of Stephen Root, who appears on the weekly sitcom Ladies Man, to this year's festival is a great accomplishment.

"We are delighted this film festival will highlight Stephen's creative endeavors and those of other creative individuals who submit entries in the competition. Our people are working hard to continue making this event a real success," Potts said.

The Lindsey Festival began in 1998 to serve as a tool for education, particularly for Alabama high school and college students. "We found excellent new filmmakers with the past two years' film festivals. There is a lot of undiscovered talent out there and I hope this will be a platform for them to show what they can do and then go on to Hollywood. I am proud to be a part of it," Dr. Lindsey said. Several entries from the previous two years have been aired on television or screened.

Entry categories are divided into professional and student divisions. The categories will accept entries completed during 1998 and 1999 for the following: full length narratives, short narratives, short documentaries, music videos and concert videos. An entry fee of $50 for professionals and $25 for students is charged for each submission, Darnell said.

"The film and video competition is a vital aspect of the George Lindsey/UNA Television and Film Festival. A judging committee will select the best works submitted for screening during the festival. The final winners will be chosen from separate professional and student categories," said Hurt.

All entries must be postmarked by December 10, 1999. The Golden Lion Awards and Certificates of Merit will be presented in each category at a Saturday night awards ceremony on April 29, 1999.

For more information or to receive an application form, call (256) 765-4247 or (256) 765-4225.