Film fest seeks entries

Screenwriting competish returns

The Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival has issued a call for entries for its 14th edition, which will unspool March 4-14. Submissions are also being accepted for the fest’s second Peter Stark Screenwriting Competition, winners of which will be announced during the fest.

The Stark competition, which was successfully inaugurated last year, offers a first prize of $5,000, a public reading during the fest and an introduction to a Hollywood agent. A $3,000 second prize and two honorable mentions are also awarded. Deadline for entries is Nov. 15.

The main festival competition offers nine prize categories for international films from all sources, but the only American films eligible are those without domestic distribution. Deadline for submissions, which must be made in half-inch VHS, is Dec. 1.

Theme for the 1999 event is American comedy, although fest artistic director Renee Missel stressed that this does not apply to the films in the competition, which will be as diverse as ever.

Two executives have been hired for the fest: Richard Licata as marketing consultant and Jan Fox in the newly created post of director of development.

The fest’s telephone number is (805) 963-0023.

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