Thursday June 24, 2010 | 09:57 PM

A new nationwide competition made a stop in Portland tonight with an awards ceremony and party at Binga's Stadium. Called 7DayPSA, the event brings together filmmakers and nonprofits and gives them a week to write, produce, film and edit a Public Service Announcement. This was the second 7DayPSA event, with the first competition held earlier this year in Rhode Island. Next up are competitions in New Hampshire, Boston and Connecticut.

Picking up a first place win and a number of other awards was team Hurf Durf. The team produced a PSA for the Planet Dog Foundation which you'll soon see airing on FOX23. In the above snapshot, the party's host and local competition organizer Krystal Kenville smiles as director Tim Lazimov of Westbrook (known for "Mirage" and "Sofa King") accepts the top trophy and offers up a few words of thanks as the rest of the team cheers. Hurf Durf also took home awards for best editing, best animation and best director.

Best actor went to Lara Jay, who played Lady with Lantern in the PSA produced by Unicovia Pictures for the Maine Women's Fund. Unicovia Pictures and director Ahura Z. Diliiza won the award for best cinematography The award for best writing went to George Dalphin, who is the artist behind Man-Like-Machines. He's known for his films "Doubting Thomas" and "I Was Jesus and Dracula."

Check out my June 27 Society Notebook column in the Maine Sunday Telegram for a bunch more photos and all the details about who was at the party and what they had to say.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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