Turimel writes: On Saturday, Sept 20 at 7 PM, there will be a film festival at Lloyd Cinema in Portland, Oregon, featuring LOTR Fan films. (A sample title: “The Blair Nazgul Project.”) Films have been submitted from all over the country, in categories like Original Drama, Parody, Music Video, and more. It promises to be a fun filled evening of Tolkien geekiness for everyone. Tickets are availalbe at ticketweb.com — look under Oregon, then “Lost Palantir.”

Turimel adds, Up until yesterday Viggo, Dom, and Sean were going to ATTEND the event “if their schedule permitted.” Unfortunately, they have been called in to do ROTK promos and are unable to make it. However, they have promised a video “hello” to fans at the festival, and Sean is scheduled to announce the winners live by phone!

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Last chance for the Lost Palantir Fan Film Festival!

What: A celebration of the creativity of Ringers behind the lens, with over 30 submissions containing everything from Steve Latham’s Hobbit Teaser Trailer and an original film of Riddles In The Dark to a music video of kung-fu Elrond in drag.

Where: Regal Cinemas Lloyd Center 10, Portland, Oregon

By Whom: BitofEarth.net, the people who brought you Project Elanor, Sean Astin’s charity screening of The Two Towers, and the Rocky Horror Ringer Show

With Whom: Video and live-by-phone appearances by Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan, and Viggo Mortensen

How to Get There: Purchase your tickets at www.ticketweb.com or buy at the door. We know this is short notice, but there has been a lot of insanity in getting this event together, and we know that we packed that same theatre with Ringers with the same short notice for the TTT screening, and are crossing our fingers – and staking our future events – that we can do it again.

How Much: $15

Why you want to go: In addition to the fun, fandom, and movie stars, the proceeds all go to support TentMoot 2003, the largest Rings convention in fandom history, which in turn will be benefitting children’s literacy and reforestation charities. In addition, if we can pack this theatre tomorrow night, we are guaranteed the special triple screening of the two extended editions and RotK at 11:00pm in December. Bring your friends and help bring Rings uber-geekness to Portland!