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Imagine your film playing in front of a crowd of thousands.

Well, now you don't have to imagine it, you can do it.

The fifth annual Reel Peach Festival, taking place during the Penticton Peach Festival from Aug. 7 to 11, 2019, invites aspiring and professional filmmakers to submit their one to three minute shorts on any subject on any genre to be played in front of the thousands in Okanagan Lake Park.

"Every year we're amazed by the talented filmmakers showcasing local stories, people and adventures," says Peach Festival president Don Kendall. "The films expand the entertainment value and diversity of our signature festival in Penticton."

New this year is the category and genres are open. In past years there were two categories: Okanagan Experiencesand Okanagan Liquid Libations. The only stipulation is that films must be family-friendly content (no nudity, swearing or excessive violence). Bonus points will be given to films featuring stories and adventures from the Okanagan, or a concept deriving and/or containing a peach.

"For a filmmaker to showcase their work in front of more than 5,000 people is an exciting prospect," says Reel Peach Festival organizer Andrew Jakubeit. "Seeing a large audience reacting to your creation is an awesome and inspiring feeling. It is a chance to celebrate our region and see people, places and things that make us smile, laugh or instill a sense of pride" added Jakubeit. "You don't have to be in the film industry to create a short film about something you are passionate about."

In past years, there was no entertainment just prior to the main musical act taking the stage at Penticton Peach Festival. With the big screen available onsite, the Reel Peach Festival provides an opportunity to entertain and engage thousands of people in Okanagan Lake Park.

Not only that, there is prize money up for grabs. First place will receive $1,500, second $750 and third $300. As well, there is a fan choice award which is a gift basket of prizes worth $250.

"There is a very vibrant and active arts community in our region and with today's technology; it is now easier than ever to create your epic masterpiece. We encourage everyone to share their ideas, join their friends and create a film together," says Jakubeit.

Entry deadline is Sunday, Aug. 4 at midnight.

For more information please visit www.reelpeachfest.com.