With the first event being held in Rhode Island, the success of the national 7DayPSA competition has found a new home at The Maine Studios in Portland, ME. Taking place this May, entrants can be anyone who is interested in video. It doesn’t matter if they are students, journalists, producers or filmmakers – it’s an excellent way for those breaking into the field to get their name out.
Just like in Rhode Island – where a New Hampshire resident won an award – the teams of filmmakers will be given their information packets between May 13th and May 15th, with only seven days to create their Public Service Announcements (also known as PSAs) for a local charity. Within that tight time frame the groups, called “Agencies,” will have to write, shoot and edit their videos.
The Maine Film Collaborative is hosting the Portland competition at The Maine Studios, and one local charity is chosen for every four of the Agencies that register to participate. Each of the charities will have been selected by a committee provided by the organization’s host. The names of the charities will only be announced after all of the Agencies have begun filming. When the Public Service Announcements have been completed at the end of those seven days, they will be judged for quality, there will be an awards ceremony, and some will have the potential to be submitted for national recognition. We’re talking possible Emmy or Telly awards here. The television stations WCSH-6 and Fox Maine News 23 are some of the sponsors for the event, and both stations have agreed to air the winning entries.
Following the success of the event in Rhode Island, Maine is only one of a number of states to have this competition. “I am very excited to see what the teams from Maine can put together for this amazing project,” says Krystal Kenville, local competition organizer. “We’re hoping this expands to more venues. Competitions in Boston, as well as New Hampshire and Connecticut are in the works.”
Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to benefit a charity and get your name out there by producing a great Public Service Announcement. Anyone with a passion and an interest who’s willing to put in the work has the potential to make something fantastic. “We are encouraging everyone including student filmmakers, producers, and filmmakers to get involved with this amazing project. I am so impressed from what I have seen at the Rhode Island 7DayPSA awards, that I know we can make Maine’s just as wonderful!” Kenville told us.