New Italian fest devoted to must-sea TV

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ROME -- Several regional governments on the Italian island of Sardinia on Wednesday announced plans to create the first Sea&TV Festival for television programming that deals with the sea.

The Sept. 26-29 event will take place on La Maddalena, a picturesque island just off the northern coast of Sardinia and south of the French island of Corsica.

Organizers said that the festival will highlight television programming, documentaries and cartoons that deal with the sea in some way and will include a special jury prize for the best entry.

The festival was developed, organizers said, to call attention to issues related to the Mediterranean.

To be considered for entry, programs must have been produced since Jan. 1, 2005. Entries must be received by June 30. The winner of a cash prize will be selected by a jury.

The festival joins an already crowded festival calendar that has seen half a dozen new entries added in the last year, including the inaugural Drake International Film Festival, scheduled for June, and the TV-centric RomaFictionFest, which will debut in July.

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