ORLANDO, Fla. - Why does Orlando make you smile?
If you're between the ages of 13 and 18 and can show the answer on film, you're invited to take part in a competition sponsored by the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Florida Film Festival, and an organization called KIDS FIRST!
The contest theme plays off the destination's marketing slogan, "Orlando Makes Me Smile."
A second contest category invites filmmakers 19 and older to submit short films on the same theme.
Submissions may not exceed three minutes and can be either live-action or animation. Entries must be received by Jan. 11 and require a $25 entry fee. Complete contest rules and forms can be downloaded at www.kidsfirst.org/Orlando.html.
Winners will be announced in late February. The winner in each category will receive a family vacation for four in Orlando, complete with airfare, lodging for three nights, rental car, theme-park tickets, and full filmmaker passes for the 19th annual Florida Film Festival, April 8-19. They'll also have their short film premiered at the festival.