Bits of A&E: Film fest, tall ships, T-shirts and commercials

Wrenshall filmmaker takes short-film prize
Mike Scholtz of Wrenshall took first prize in last weekend’s fifth annual Short Shorts Film Festival at the Play Ground. Scholtz, who is involved with the Free Range Film Festival, won $250 for his less-than-5-minute documentary “To Moscow With Love.”
The silent comedy “Bus Stop” by Emily Annlouise Minor of Superior took second and Cliff Langley of Duluth was third with his adventure mockumentary “Long Cold Winter, Eh?”
There were 18 films featured in the festival, and winners were selected by the audience.
Next year’s event is Feb. 19, 2011.

Big Top invites designs for T-shirt contest
Attention T-shirt artists: Big Top Chautauqua is hosting a design contest. Create a shirt with the words “Big Top” or “Big Top Chautauqua” in the design. One adult winner gets a shirt with his or her winning design and a $50 gift certificate to the venue near Bayfield. Another winner will be chosen for entrants 17 or younger, whose winning design also will be put on a shirt and who will receive a $25 gift certificate.
Designs must be postmarked, or received digitally, by March 15, and the winners are announced April 2. For rules and info on how to submit the design, go to

Performers sought for Tall Ships Festival
The Duluth Playhouse is looking for talent to perform during the Tall Ships Festival that runs July 29 to Aug. 3 in Bayfront Festival Park. Are you a musician, dancer, mime, comedian, actor, vocalist, visual artist or busker in search of a venue? On Friday and Sunday of the festival, professional and amateur performers will show their stuff. Interested? Contact entertainment chairwoman Christine Seitz at

DNTV invites videos about newspaper uses

Do you use the newspaper to help you plan your weekend? Or do you make papier-mache decorations with it?
We want to know how you use your DNT. We’re asking readers to submit a 30-second video showing us how you use the newspaper. The top five commercials will be chosen to air on Fox 21 News and DNTV, our daily Web newscast. Online readers will vote for the winner.
Submissions are due by April 1, with a winner announced on April 15. Entry is free.