Esquire Theater (copy)

The Esquire Theater is in downtown Carthage.

CARTHAGE — The Carthage Main Street Youth Advisory Council is hosting a film festival Feb. 1 at the Esquire Theater and will accept submissions through Wednesday.

The council is made up of teens from Panola County who do a different project every year.

“They wanted an event at the Esquire,” Main Street Manager Cindy Deloney said. “They’ve done a movie there before, but they really wanted something bigger, something that they could build on. So this was a good fit, and so they started researching and came up with all their rules and everything.”

The film festival will offer cash prizes to winners, and any genre or type of film is welcome as long as it is family-friendly.

There are two categories — Young Filmmaker, for 18 and younger, and Independent Filmmaker, for 19 and older.

Submission guidelines are:

■ Films must be at least three minutes long and no longer than 25 minutes.

■ Films can have been completed at any time, and filmmakers can submit more than one entry

■ Submissions mean filmmakers have granted permission to screen their film if selected.

■ Selected films will be shown Feb. 1. Filmmakers will be asked to provide a digital press kit containing a head-shot, filmography, black and white stills from the film and a video trailer.

■ Finalists must be present at the festival to win a prize, although organizers said they would accept a representative of the winning film if “he/she played a major role in the film’s production and we are notified at least 1 week in advance of the festival.”

■ Films should be submitted on .

For details and more information, go to and click on the “Short Film Festival” link.