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HRTV FILM FESTIVAL AT SANTA ANITA SET FOR 2013 RETURN

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Arcadia, CA, Dec. 27-- For the second straight year, Santa Anita Park and HRTV (R), The Network for Horse Sports, are proud to partner on a non-fiction film festival competition entitled "A Day at the Races." The festival is open to filmmakers and film students producing Santa Anita-based films with a maximum running time of five minutes.

"A Day at the Races" entries will again be judged by a panel of racing and entertainment professionals and this year's competition will feature expanded prize money to include the top five entries. First prize will be $10,000, with second prize at $5,000, while third through fifth prizes will be $3,000, $1,500, and $500, respectively. An additional $10,000 first prize will be awarded to the winner through an online poll.

Also new this year, those entries judged to be in sixth through 10th places will receive free entry to the 2014 edition of the competition.

Application entries, which are available in-person, or online at www.hrtv.com/filmfestival <http://www.hrtv.com/filmfestival> , will be accepted beginning Friday, Dec. 28, with the first day of shooting scheduled for Jan. 5. (While entries are accepted online, credentials must be picked-up, and payment must be made, at Santa Anita.) The competition will continue through March 24, and all film submissions will be due no later than March 27. Online voting will begin on March 30, and will close on April 10. Winners will be announced at Santa Anita April 13.

In addition to the expansion of prize money, this year's general entry fee has been reduced to $100 and students (with valid student identification) may enter for $25 by Feb. 1. Those entering after that date may do so for $150 and $50, respectively.

Also, each entrant will be given two film festival credentials which will allow shooting access to select public areas at Santa Anita, and receive 10 Clubhouse passes good for admission throughout Santa Anita's winter/spring meeting.

"The initial year of this project was very successful and we're very excited to see this year's entries," said Amy J. Zimmerman, Executive Producer for HRTV. "The entries we received in 2012 highlighted the outstanding talents and creativity of so many quality filmmakers, and we're looking forward to showing the public the 2013 submissions as the entrants offer their take on the beauty, sport and history that makes up 'A Day at the Races' at Santa Anita Park."

Last year, Tristan de Burgh and Cassandra Brooksbank, both students at the USC Film School, took the $10,000 Judges' Prize Award with a film entitled, "Call to Arms." Miguel Mouchess won the $10,000 Fans' Favorite Award with his entry -- "A Day at the Races with the Paddock Tree Gang." In all, there were 25 submissions which generated more than 77,000 online votes in the Fans' Favorite category.

For more information on the 2013 HRTV Film festival at Santa Anita, please visit www.hrtv.com/filmfestival <http://www.hrtv.com/filmfestival>  or email filmfestival@hrtv.com.

About HRTV
HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, is a television-based multimedia network dedicated to equine sports. HRTV’s programming features horseracing from top U.S. and international racetracks, as well as a wide range of world-class English and Western horse competitions, news, original programming and award-winning documentaries covering the world of horse sports. The live stream of HRTV is available on a subscription basis to high-speed Internet users worldwide at www.hrtv.com <http://www.hrtv.com/> . In the U.S., the HRTV television network is available via telco, cable and satellite in over 19 million homes. 

 

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