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MCA-TV to Air Movies by Aspiring Filmmakers

The township's public access channel will host its regular film festival.

assistant director Ryan McAffee said the township's public access channel will air the works of aspiring filmmakers during the station's summer film festival. 

The station is now accepting entries for its fourth film fest, which will award cash prizes to three filmmakers whose entries impress a panel of local film buffs. 

"I sort of started as a way for college filmmakers to showcase their projects," McAffee said. "A lot of times film students will work on a piece for a final project, but after they show it to their professor it gets basically shelved. This gives them an outlet." 

The festival is open to the public, and McAffee said he hopes to see viral-inspired works in this year's film line-up. 

"Anyone can submit," he said. "I know YouTube is huge out there and everyone has a camera phone and is out there shooting stuff. So I'd love to see something like that." 

Past MCA-TV festivals have attracted more than 70 entries from across the country, though many filmmakers with Pittsburgh roots are attracted to the event, McAffee said. 

The station will air the films on July 21 and 22 on Comcast channel 14. Filmmakers can submit as many entries that they want of any length or genre. Deadline for entry is May 31.

McAffee said he will gather a panel of area film enthusiasts to judge the entries—the top three will receive cash prizes, including an $800 first-place prize. 

He said the quality of the entries has grown in recent years as word of the festival has spread.  

"In the first year we got really amateurish stuff," he said. "But in the past years the quality has really gone up."

Filmmakers can down an entry form here. Mail-in films can be submitted with a $15 entry fee to 1700 Beaver Grade Road, Moon, PA 15108.

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