The University of Pikeville is seeking submissions for its fifth annual Film and Media Arts Festival, which will be held on April 4-6 in Booth Auditorium. 

Created to promote the art of filmmaking in the region, the student-run event is now accepting film and screenplay submissions for the festival. 

Students in college, high school, middle school and professionals are encouraged to submit entries and compete for more than $1,000 in cash prizes.

Cash prizes will be awarded for several categories including Best of Show, Best Professional Film, Best College Film, Best High School Film, Best Middle School Film, Best UPike Student Film and Spirit of the Mountains. In addition, awards will also be given for Best Feature Screenplay, Best Short Screenplay and Best UPike Screenplay. Filmmakers must be present at the festival to win cash prizes.

High school seniors with a high-quality film submission will be considered for a UPike film and media arts scholarship, the university reported in a press release.

The festival is accepting free film submissions from filmmakers with connections to Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, and paid film submissions from filmmakers of other states or countries. All entries must be submitted by Feb. 24.

Films are accepted through Film Freeway at,

For more information, email UPike at,

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