Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) recently announced an open call for entries to its second annual hosting of Northwest Florida Theatre Festival on May 16-20.

The call for entries is open to anyone interested in staging plays, performance art, musical numbers, dance and/or published or unpublished original work. Submitted pieces must be no longer than 90 minutes.

This is an open, non-juried invitation for regional involvement. Audience ratings will be self-determined by the artists, not the festival. Shows are required to list their warnings (language, adult content, nudity, violence, extreme situations). Ratings are based on recommended minimum ages as follows: All Ages, 7+, 13+, 18+.

A $50 per production application fee includes All Festival Participant Passes for up to five participants. Each performing group accepted will receive five complimentary tickets per performance to their show.

ECTC will provide a technical director and a production coordinator to assist with each piece. Lights and set will be general in nature; special needs will be considered, but are not guaranteed. Performing groups will be responsible for providing their own stage manager, props, costumes and specialized set pieces. ECTC will have acting cubes, small table and chairs and a few other pieces for use.

Deadline for entry applications is April 9. Technical rehearsal dates are May 8-12 and the festival will run May 16-20.

Show times will be Wednesday-Friday from 6-8:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. More show times will be added if needed, which may include Monday and Tuesday May 14 and 15.

The festival will be staged at Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s performance space located at 560 Grand Boulevard, upstairs, in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach.

Festival show ticket prices are set by each producing organization and will range from $15 to $25. All access passes will be available for purchase for $100. Forty percent of the ticket price will go to the performing organization.

The Northwest Florida Theatre Festival is designed as an inclusive and creative celebration of a community of artists. The festival will be produced in concert with the Cultural Arts Alliance’s Art Week South Walton.

“The inaugural year of the festival was a huge success with more than 700 participants in the 20 different shows," said ECTC producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “There is such a wonderful synergy that happens when so many artists and those that appreciate the art come together.”

For more information and to download an online application to enter the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival, visit www.NWFTheatreFestival.com.