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Cucalorus Festival renews “10×10″ filmmaking program

by Mark Burger

The 21st annual Cucalorus Film Festival, which is scheduled for Nov. 11-15 in Wilmington, will be reprising its “10×10 Filmmaking Challenge” this year.

This program, which is designed to bring together filmmakers and investors in an effort to shine a spotlight on the burgeoning community of media entrepreneurs in North and South Carolina, was inaugurated by Cucalorus ambassador Norwood Cheek as part of the retrospective of his work presented during the 2011 festival.

That first year, “10×10″ paired filmmakers with area musicians and bands to produce a music video in less than a week’s time. This year’s revised formula encourages business leaders to collaborate with filmmakers to create entertaining, fresh new video content to promote new ventures.

“We had a great response last year, so we knew that this was an area for continued exploration and experimentation,” according to Cucalorus artistic director Dan Brawley, in an official statement. “We are excited to see where this year’s participants will take the project. We’re already hearing about some dynamic applicants who want a chance to be part of ’10×10.'” This year, 10 filmmakers will be paired with 10 entrepreneurs to produce a short video in less than one week’s time.

This program has been made possible thanks to an ongoing partnership between the Cucalorus festival, CastleBranch Corp.’s tekMountain, and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

The festival was founded in 1994 by the underground filmmaking collective Twinkle Doon.

Some 21 years later, Cucalorus is a multi-disciplinary arts organization dedicated to supporting and promoting emerging and innovative creative professionals via the annual film festival, an ongoing artistic residency program, a micro-cinema, an annual summer outdoor screening series, and an extensive community engagement effort. The festival takes place each November in downtown Wilmington, where for five days independent and foreign films are screened and celebrated.

In 2013, MovieMaker Magazine noted:

“Cucalorus is a joyful amalgamation of interdisciplinary art, a top-quality selection of international and local films, and an intimate bonding experience fueled by bonfires and moonshine.”

Last year, MovieMaker cited Cucalorus as “one of the coolest film festivals in the world, 2014.” Last year’s festival attracted over 15,000 guests, including artists and filmmakers, industry professionals, and film fans.

Applications are now being accepted for filmmakers and entrepreneurs interested in participating in the “10×10″ project. They can be submitted through www. cucalorus.org or by e-mailing dan@cucalorus.org. Applications are due by 11:43 pm June 10. !

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For more information about the Cucalorus Film Festival, visit the official website: www.cucalorus. org.

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