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Channing Tatum to judge aspiring filmmakers in 'Team Oscar' contest

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Young filmmakers who want to walk out onto the Oscar stage can get a jump on their careers by entering this year’s “Team Oscar” challenge.

Oscar telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced Channing Tatum will serve as a spokesman and one of the judges in their third annual contest in which aspiring filmmakers make short videos to compete for the opportunity to appear as presenters during the 87th Academy Awards.

(Well … presenters to the presenters, actually. These are the trophy handlers who give the statuettes to the celebrity announcing the winner.)

“We are very happy that the idea we initiated has turned into an annual tradition, and is now open to a wider range of filmmakers who are passionate about film and the moviemaking process,”  Zadan and Meron said in a statement.

Tatum said he feels privileged to be a part of the program to challenge the next generation of cinematic storytellers. “It’s inspiring to see how these young filmmakers rise to the challenge, and I can’t wait to see the talent we uncover,” he said.

The competition is open to U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 — which is one of the changes this year. Previously, the contest was limited only to college students.

The deadline to submit is Jan. 12, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. PT. Those who want to participate must visit the Academy’s Facebook page, where they can post a 60-second video about the topic: “The best piece of advice I’ve ever received.” The livelier and more imaginative, the better.

Six winners will be selected and flown to Los Angeles to participate in the Feb. 22 Oscars ceremony.