Creativity meets community in film contest streaming Thursday

click to enlarge CopyCat Cinema will be holding their contest of this scene from the "Monsters Inc" from
CopyCat Cinema will be holding their contest of this scene from the "Monsters Inc" from


For Inland 360

People from all over the world will be able to watch the entries in Moscow’s second CopyCat Cinema short film contest premiering during a livestream at noon Thursday, sponsored by the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, Palouse Area Care and Transport and Washington Trust Bank.

The contest, challenging people to recreate a specific three-minute scene from a specific movie, was conceived by the owners of Palouse Area Care & Transport (PACT EMS), Kelly and Troy Zakariasen, as a way for their organization to become more engaged in the community. PACT EMS is a private nonprofit company that provides transportation between area health care facilities. The first contest took place in January and featured a scene from the 1984 film “Ghostbusters.”

“My husband was working as a paramedic and camp director years ago, and at camp they always came up with crazy ideas on how to entertain families, so that mentality has never really left him,” said Kelly Zakariasen, of Moscow.

The first contest took place in January and challenged people to create a scene from the 1984 movie “Ghostbusters.”  The contest was going to be an annual event. However, in reaction to the COVID-19 stay-at-home order and the resulting changes to area communities and businesses, Kelly contacted Christine Gilmore at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre to create a second contest that could benefit local nonprofits, as well as promote creativity and community cooperation.

“It was an impromptu idea, and Christine at the Kenworthy had the idea of, this time, the winners donating their prize money.”

For the CopyCat Cinema Quarantine Edition, the challenge was to recreate a scene from “Monsters, Inc.” Winners will receive gift cards to local businesses and choose a local business to donate a cash prize to. In addition to the livestream, there are plans to show some of the films as “trailers” before movies at some point in the future when the Kenworthy reopens, according to organizers.

January’s contest had 11 entries. They can be viewed on the CopyCat Cinema Facebook page at

“I was amazed last go-around. We had children participating, as well as adults, and there was not one of them that wasn’t quality. I couldn’t believe the talent we have in this area for making these short little films.”


WHAT: CopyCat Cinema Contest Quarantine Edition.

WHEN: Noon Thursday


COST: Free.

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