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Volume 26, Number 2 — February 2019

Winners announced for Abingdon's first short film competition

April 09, 2017

ABINGDON, VA The Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau announces the winners of the first Abingdon Shorts competition. The short film competition was designed to promote and support creative talents in directing and producing short films related to Abingdon's tourism, culture and heritage. Prizes were awarded for first, second and third place. Films for the 2017 competition are due by July 19.

There were several short films submitted, of which the judging committee selected the top three to receive awards. First place went to producer J.R. Linkous' short film titled "Like a Kid Again," a 90-second piece about what it feels like to hit up Main Street in Abingdon at an older age. Jon Phelps' narrative comedy titled "The Shoot" received second place and J.R. Linkous also placed third with his spoken word film titled "Playtime."

Films had to be less than three minutes long, and embody the spirit of Abingdon's tag line: "It's Always Play Time in Abingdon."

All three winning films can be viewed at

"We were excited to see the quality of films submitted this first year for the competition," said Kevin Costello, director of tourism for the town of Abingdon. "We plan on using the films as promotional content on our website and social media outlets and plug the producers at the same time. The producers did a fantastic job incorporating our tagline "It's Always Playtime in Abingdon" into their work and capturing the essence of the competition."

Filmmakers can visit for competition guidelines, prizes, and judging criteria.

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