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Film Festival Benefiting Service Dogs of VA Seeking Submissions

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An upcoming Charlottesville film festival will feature our four-legged friends, and it will hopefully raise much needed money for the Service Dogs of Virginia and the work they do in the community.

Organizers of the Ruff Cuts Film Festival have the date and venue picked out - now, they're looking for professional film submissions.

The festival is scheduled to take place next summer, but now is the time for people to start preparing to make films. They should be professional-grade and two to 15 minutes in length.

The films can be documentaries, cartoons, or any other format. The idea is to celebrate the relationship between people and dogs while raising money for the Services Dogs of Virginia, an organization that trains dogs for people with disabilities and provides the animals at very little cost. It's a value of about $38,000 per dog.  

"The purpose of it is to be a fundraising vehicle for our organization, but hopefully something that will be a lot of fun. It is not, you know, a traditional silent auction sort of thing. We are looking to create something that people will be excited about and want to attend year after year after year," said Peggy Law, the executive director of the Service Dogs of Virginia.

Law hopes the film festival can eventually travel across the state and country so that other service dogs and SPCA groups will be able to use it to raise money for their organizations. 

The Ruff Cuts Film Festival is scheduled for Saturday June, 28 2014 at The Dickinson Fine and Performing Arts Center at Piedmont Virginia Community College. The early bird deadline for entries is December 1, 2013. The regular deadline is February 1, 2014, and the final deadline is March 1, 2014. The cost for submitting changes with each deadline.

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