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Tallahassee Film Festival Partners with Animator Dustin Grella for the “Say Something Wild” Contest

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

Tallahassee, FL - The Tallahassee Film Festival is collaborating with award-winning artist and animator, Dustin Grella, to present the Say Something Wild contest where the voice of one lucky person will be featured in an animation that will premiere, April 7th at the opening night of the Tallahassee Film Festival.

“This contest is a unique opportunity for the local community to truly be a part of the Tallahassee Film Festival,” said Chris Faupel, TFF Programming Director. “We’re excited to partner with Dustin and can’t wait to see the final product.”

Dustin Grella’s Animation Hotline project allows anyone to call the hotline and leave a voicemail featuring a word, idea, quote or anything they find interesting. Grella then selects his favorite voicemail and creates a 10-30 second animation based on the message.

To be considered for the animation, community members are encouraged to call the hotline at (212) 683-2490 and leave a message. Callers must use the word “Tallahassee” somewhere in their message and leave their contact information at the end of the voicemail.

The contest starts Thursday, March 24, 2011 and the deadline is April 1, 2011 at 11:59pm. Grella will choose the contest winner and their voice message will be featured in a 10-30 second animation. The winner will also receive two tickets to the Opening Night of the Tallahassee Film Festival, two tickets to the After Party and a DVD copy of the animation signed by Dustin Grella.

“Grella’s style of animation is unusual, primarily consisting of charcoal drawings. It will be wonderful to see this inspired type of animation coupled with the voice of a local community member,” added Faupel.

Grella will also have his short film, Prayers for Peace, featured at the Tallahassee Film Festival. The film is about the 2004 death of his younger brother in Iraq.

For more information about Dustin Grella and the Animation Hotline, visit www.animationhotline.org. For more information about the Tallahassee Film Festival, visit www.tallahasseefilmfestival.com.


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