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Public Participation Welcomed In Sleepy Hollow Film Fest

Halloween in Sleepy Hollow is not to be missed, but, this village is more than just the sum of its many autumn events and a headless horseman — as cool as having that guy around is.

In the interest of sharing every angle of our scenic, historic, vibrant, diverse, unique — and yes, sometimes spooky — village on the banks of the Hudson River all year long, I’ve launched a Film Fest, Sleepy Hollow Shorts — open to all, visitors and residents, artisans and amateurs alike with smart phones or cameras.

We insist on only two key rules: films have to weigh in at 30 seconds maximum, and at least some of the footage has to be filmed in Sleepy Hollow.

The Hudson Independent, in collaboration with the village, will help narrow the entries down to 10 finalists. These will be screened sometime in October where the audience will decide the grand prize winner of two VIP Sleepy Hollow Haunted Hayride tickets (meaning you get to cut the line!) and honorable mentions in categories to be determined. (Suggestions welcome.)

Of course we expect everyone to respect local laws, private property, and personal privacy when you’re here and seek out permission when required for sites you plan to film at. At the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, for example, video is prohibited and photography requires advanced written permission of the cemetery.

Upload your film to YouTube.com or Vimeo.com using hashtag #SleepyHollowShorts so we can find you! Please add tags for the locations where you filmed here while you’re at it. This newspaper’s website, www.thehudsonindependent.com, will be linking to entries for your amusement and inspiration.

Be aware that your submission may be Tweeted, Facebooked and generally shared all over the social media universe, as well as posted onwww.VisitSleepyHollow.com. (Have you noticed how #SleepyHollow is trending lately? You’ll be a huge hit!).

Submission deadline, Sept. 30, 2014.  So, roll ‘em.

Krista Madsen, as the former Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow and Ossining-Croton Patch editor, was a filmer of all sorts of around-town action clips. She will now be a regular contributor to The Hudson Independent with both words and images. For more information on this contest, visit SleepyHollowInk.com or email [email protected]. Submissions should be posted on YouTube or Vimeo and tagged #SleepyHollowShorts so we can find them.


Deadline 9/30/2014
Contact Name Krista Madsen
Contact Email [email protected]