Just a few days left to enter Dad Days Film Festival contest

The deadline is Wednesday, June 1 to submit your three- to eight-minute video for the chance to win...

  • best film about fathers with infants or toddlers,
  • best film by a Douglas County youth,
  • or best film about fathering kids 3-18 years of age,

...in the second annual Day Days, from June 13-18.

"It should be fun to see to see what filmmakers come up with this year, says Rich Minder, collaborative projects coordinator for the Success By 6 Coalition of Douglas County, and one of the organizers of Dad Days.

Last year, the Dad Days organizers issued their invitation to people in Douglas County for three-minute films about fathering just four weeks before the films were due, and "we got four really nice films," says Minder.

This year, they went statewide and began the publicity earlier. They partnered with sponsors who could get the word out to interested or budding filmmakers throughout Kansas. Those sponsors include Kansas Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence Public Schools, TallGrass Studios, Kansas Children's Service League.

"Our vision is that the Dad Days film festival will become THE festival where films are submitted about fathers and father-child relationships," says Minder. "One day the international headquarters for father films will be here in Lawrence."

Many films already exist that explore the relationships between fathers and their children, he noted. "It's not that it isn’t explored. There just isn’t a film festival for father films, and we think there would be a lot of interest."

Last year, the film festival had no categories, instead opting for a device --each film was required to feature an umbrella. "We figured by giving everybody a device, that it would spur creative energies," Minder recalls.

This year, the organizers thought that approach would be too limiting, and settled on three categories. And within those categores, "do whatever you want," Minder advises.

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