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Published:July 5th, 2012 10:03 EST

'The Year of the Dragon' Film Contest Invites Entries

By SOP newswire

Because 2012 is the traditional Chinese "Year of the Dragon" and to honor the good work being done to raise awareness about the plight of the Merritt Island Dragon at and on Facebook, the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival is making the theme of this year`s festival "The Year of the Dragon" to celebrate this lost but historic landmark.

Recording artists Robin & Eddy, Save Dragon Point, Inc., and A Cut Above Video Productions, Inc. have joined forces to produce a music video documentary about Annie the Dragon which will feature their original song "Dragon Island". The call is out for people with archival footage of the Merritt Island Dragon to contact Don Scroggs of at so that footage and photos can be collected for the film`s debut at this year`s MIFF.

As part of the festivities, a 90-second film contest called the Baumgarten Challenge, inspired by film director Michael Baumgarten (Smitty, Pretty Obsession, Wild Roomies), will utilize "The Year of the Dragon" theme. All films must be about dragons, the year of the dragon, the Merritt Island Dragon, or some artistic permutation on the dragon theme.

MIFF program chairman Terry Cronin said, "Florida Today used to do an awesome 90 Seconds to Fame contest, and it was quite popular with our filmmakers, so we decided to make "The Year of the Dragon" the theme of the contest to raise awareness of this important monument."

Cronin said entering the contest is fairly easy. "We`re asking filmmakers to submit there 90-second film on a DVD for screening and then post their video to YouTube, with the words "MIFF Year of the Dragon" in the description."

Entries must be submitted by September 1st and will be shown at this year`s Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival, which will take place September 28-29th at the beautiful Premiere Theaters Oaks Stadium 10 in Melbourne.


Send submissions to:

MIFF 2012 "The Year of the Dragon"

c/o Terry Cronin, Program Chairman

1399 S Harbor City Blvd

Melbourne, FL 32901