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Judging Takes Place For Rod Serling Video Festival

It started as a county wide competition in 1995, now the Rod Serling Video Festival draws international entries.

On Tuesday, a team of judges gathered at Binghamton High School to select this year's winners.  Students in grades K- 2 submit five minute films they write and edit themselves.

About 25 made it to Tuesday's final judging. Although the festival is named after the Binghamton native who is known for his series The  Twilight Zone, the competition does not revolve around science fiction films.

"We get music videos, we get claymation, animation, comedies drama.  We've been getting a lot of PSA, public service announcements--especially about bullying. We've also been getting a lot of zombie videos," said Larry Kassan, Festival Coordinator.

"I'm looking for a good story.  I don't really care about the equipment or what they use--like mics, video camera etc. I want a good story told in five minutes," said Zach Mulligan, judge and former "Best in Show" winner.

A special screening awards ceremony will be held at the Helen Foley Theatre on May 17th at 8 p.m.  An hour long special featuring the winning videos will air at 8 p.m. on the 17th on WSKG.


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