The tradition of filmmaking in Utah’s Little Hollywood is alive and well, especially in light of the recent release of the Disney Pixar movie, John Carter. Much of the big budget movie was filmed in Kane County, and is being complimented by the Little Hollywood Shootout starting at high noon on March 14 at the historic Parry Lodge in Kanab. 

The shooting will be done with movie cameras in the 2nd annual Little Hollywood Shootout, a quick-turnaround short-film competition in Kane County, March 14-16. Filmmakers have 49.5 hours to write, shoot, direct, edit, and complete a five-minute film in the competition.

“The Shootout is designed to give aspiring filmmakers a remarkable opportunity to shoot and produce short films at sites used in such feature films as The Outlaw Josie Wales and Planet of the Apes,” said Kelly Stowell, Executive Director of the Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA), primary sponsor of the event.

A community screening of the “shootout” films will be held at Kanab High School at 7 p.m. on March 17, where winners will be announced. The community is invited to attend the event and is offered at no charge to attendees.

“We’ve had a tremendous response for the 2012 competition and teams of all ages from all across Utah will be converging in Little Hollywood this week to showcase and develop their talents with short films,” remarked Stowell. “The shootout is an innovative avenue, building on the tremendous culture and history of filmmaking in Kane County. Join us at the high school on Saturday to celebrate the creativeness of the students and teams participating in this unique competition.”

For film categories, rules and the entry form, visit www.littlehollywoodshootout.org.

For more information, visit the website or contact Kelly Stowell at 435-899-0443 or stowell@dixie.edu.

The 2nd annual Little Hollywood Shootout is made possible with support from CEBA, Kane County Office of Tourism and Film Commission, Kane County School District, Little Hollywood Digital Media Lab, Kane Economic Development, Kanab City, ATT, Dixie State College, DOCUTAH, Redman Movies and Stories, At Your Leisure, Lumenous Productions, Independent Adventure Productions, Ghost Rider Films, State of Utah Film Commission, State of Utah Office of Tourism, Parry Lodge and the Little Hollywood Movie Museum.