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Octavia Spencer to launch film contest

Los Angeles: ‘The Help’ star Octavia Spencer is spearheading a short film contest for budding directors.

The 42-year-old is inviting amateurs to create 20-minute films for her new competition.

Spencer will give away a new camera and a $1,000 cash prize to the best of the bunch, and she`ll also showcase the winning entry online, reports

In a post on her page, Spencer writes: "I was struck this past week when a young filmmaker asked me how I coped when my dreams felt far from my grasp. My answer to her and all of you is I always feel mine are always within reach.

"What many people don`t know is that it takes an average of 15 years to become an overnight success.