BENNINGTON >> The Vermont Access Network has announced their first ever "VAN Video Challenge," and Bennington area residents can register at Catamount Access Television, or Greater Northshire Access Television for those in the Manchester area.

Teams of videographers of any age will be able to register for the competition at their local community access station on Monday, March 21. Upon registration, the teams will receive a theme, two objects, and a quote, all of which must be incorporated into their films, which can be no longer than five minutes. Teams will have two weeks, or until the end of the business day on Friday April 1, to create, edit, and submit their videos to their community access station. The fee for registering for the contest is $25.

Possible themes, which will be drawn randomly on Monday, include action/adventure, musical, comedy, mystery/thriller, crime, romance, fantasy, satire, historical, science fiction, horror, and western. The possible objects and quotes that filmmakers will need to incorporate into their work are being kept completely secret until Monday.

There will be three age categories, "Up to Grade 9," "Grade 10 through 12," and "College/Adult." VAN reminds contestants that no copyrighted material should be included without written permission, and that participants, and especially participants who are minors, should sign talent release forms.

Winners will be notified at the end of April, and will be invited to attend the VAN annual meeting on May 6. Prizes will include camera bags, headphones, and gift cards for Ben and Jerry's.


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CAT-TV is willing to offer equipment and assistance to those interested in participating. VAN hopes this contest will become an annual event.

For more information, you can call GNAT at 802-362-7070, or CAT-TV at 802-442-8868. You can also contact Beq Lendvay at CAT-TV at beq@catamountaccess.com

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.