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Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a non-profit, non partisan organization working in the public interest to protect fundamental civil liberties, including privacy and freedom of expression, in the arena of computers and the internet. This site offers hundreds of links to communication sites around the world with topics ranging from policy issues to performance art.

Entry Deadlines

Organizers are announcing a call for entries for the Canyonlands Film and Video Festival being held April 15-17 in Moab, Utah. The Canyonlands Film Society, whose goal it is to support the creation and screening of independently produced films, is sponsoring this international festival, which began in 1995. For preliminary review, entries must be submitted on VHS tape before the entry deadline of December 15, 1998. Entry fees are $30 for 35mm films and $25 for 16mm films, 3/4 and 1/2-inch videotapes. For more information, contact: Canyonlands Film Society, 435 River Sands Road, Moab, Ut. 84532

There is a call for entries for the 42nd San Francisco International Film Festival. The deadline for entries is December 4th, 1998. This festival is dedicated to highlighting current trends in international film and video. The festival emphasizes works without U.S. distribution. Categories include feature narrative, documentary, short narrative, animation, music video, experimental video and works by high school students. Entry fees range from $35 – $85. VHS is required for festival submissions. For more information contact: San Francisco International Film Festival, 1521 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA. 94115.

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