SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Films made about two West Virginia State Parks are finalists in a national filmmaker competition, and fans of those parks are invited to vote for a winner. “Prickett's Fort State Park
” by Shannon Tinnell and “Blackwater Falls State Park
” by Nora Sheridan are two of 19 finalists in the America’s State Parks Filmmaker Challenge. Sponsored by Sony Creative Software, the contest was designed to promote awareness of the value of America’s state park system. All finalist videos can be viewed at www.americasstateparks.org/filmmaker
Anyone can vote for a finalist from Sept. 10 through Nov. 1, 2011.
The finalist having the two highest overall votes will be Grand Prize Winners, the third and fourth highest vote getters receive honorable mention. Vote by visiting www.americasstateparks.org/filmmaker
“To have two of West Virginia’s state parks in the final 19 is gratifying,” said Ken Caplinger, chief of West Virginia’s state parks. “The Prickett’s Fort and the Blackwater Falls videos are outstanding and I urge everyone to visit the website and vote for a West Virginia entry.”
The finalists were selected by the Contest Judges based on the following criteria: Creative Elements (Cinematography, Editing, Soundtrack, Effective use of Special Effects, and Film Length), and Technical Elements (Film concept, Originality, Coherence, and Overall Enjoyment) (collectively, the "Contest Criteria"). Finalist will be ranked based on voting by the general public.
For more information on this promotion or America’s State Parks, visit www.americasstateparks.org
. For the America’s State Parks Filmmaker Challenge contest rules and regulations, visit www.americasstateparks.org/filmmaker
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About America’s State Parks
America’s State Parks (www.americasstateparks.org
) is an alliance of public and private organizations working to promote and enhance the collective national treasure that is the great park system found across the 50 states. With more than 7,000 units and nearly three-quarter of a billion annual visits, America’s State Parks are vital to the American quality of life. Leadership and governance for America’s State Parks comes from members of the National Association of State Park Directors representing each region of the country.
About the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD)
Composed of 50 state park directors, the NASPD (www.naspd.org
) was founded in 1962. The mission of the Association is to promote and advance the state park systems of America for their own significance, as well as for their important contributions to the nation’s environment, heritage, health and economy.
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director
News Release: September 14, 2011
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