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February 25, 2021
Film Festival in Florence - w/ Audio
Ernest Borgnine, left, and George Lindsey, center, at the George Lindsey-UNA Film Festival.
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - APR's Pat Sanders reports on the tenth annual George Lindsey-UNA Film Festival.

More than 253 filmmakers submitted their work for the tenth annual George Lindsey-UNA Film Festival. The Festival is held on the University of North Alabama campus each year in honor of UNA graduate George Lindsey who is most notoriously known for his role as Goober Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show.

Filmmakers are competing for the top Golden Lion Award, Best of Show, which honors a film from any category that receives the highest total number of votes from final judges and carries a $3,000 dollar prize. In addition, this year the four-day festival salutes Alabama's rapidly expanding film industry with a special award named after one of the festival's earliest and most loyal supporters, the late Clyde Sappo Black. The award is entitled the Sweet Home Alabama Award and is presented for the best film shot either entirely or in part somewhere in the state of Alabama. That award carries a $2,000 cash prize. Additional awards are given for student and professional narratives, documentaries, faculty films, music videos and animated works.

Only 99 of the two hundred plus films submitted were selected for screening in this year's festival, which began Thursday and concludes Sunday. The festival features screenings, panels, workshops, a star-studded awards show, and a tribute to Oscar-winning actor Ernest Borgnine. During the festival, Lindsey and Borgnine shared stories about their life-long friendship and what it means to make a career in the film industry. Afterwards they signed autographs and took pictures with fans.

For Alabama Public Radio, I'm Pat Sanders in Florence.
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