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The Senior Shorts Film Competition is accepting entries through Feb. 23. 

High school senior filmmakers interested in attending the University of Montana are invited to submit their films to compete for two weeks in The Senior Shorts Film Competition at TheAudienceAwards.com.

The film with the most votes could win its maker up to $3,000.

The winner is chosen online by the audience and awarded $1,000 in cash, $1,000 scholarship to UM if they choose to major in media arts, and a $1,000 scholarship if they register to work toward an Entertainment Management certificate.

The competition is run by The Audience Awards, a Missoula-based networking platform connecting filmmakers to audiences through regularly occurring online film competitions.

The Senior Shorts Film Competition is accepting short film submissions now through Feb. 23, at TheAudienceAwards.com.

Submitted films will compete from Feb. 24 through March 10.

Filmmakers from across the world have already used the Audience Awards to get their films noticed. Most have won prizes along the way.

“The Audience Award not only gives a voice to filmmakers, it opens the flood gates for each artist to experience another’s work. The Audience Awards gives the filmmaker a rush of adrenaline from the support of those who vote. I feel privileged to be in the running with some great storytellers,” said Michael Kehoe, an Audience Award winner.

Audiences worldwide can sign up for free so they can watch and vote for their favorite films. The audience is allowed to vote for all of their favorite films once a day.

The cost of entry is $10.

The Senior Shorts Film Competition could be the catalyst a young, local filmmaker needs to launch a career.

“What has it felt like to be first in the Audience Award voting process? It feels surreal!” said Amanda Harryman, another Audience Awards winner. “To have people vote for something I helped create? Wow. But what is more amazing? The comments. To see that my wildest dreams about this film have come true - people learned something. This is an honor beyond what I could ever imagine.”

To submit to The Senior Shorts Film Competition, visit theaudienceawards.com/competition/enter/senior-shorts.

To learn more and vote, visit TheAudienceAwards.com.

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