This year's Symposium will feature a panel of festival staff and previous Festival participants. The panel will discuss the Festival and the reasons to choose the Festival. There will be a short presentation followed by a question-and-answer session; the panelists will also be available after the symposium to address individual concerns. "The panel will illustrate for self-producing artists and would-be Off-Broadway producers why the MITF is a valid alternative to bigger festivals," said John Chatterton, executive producer of the MITF. The thirteenth season will run from July 17 - Aug. 12, 2012. Applications for the 2012 season are currently available online at www.midtownfestival.org. The Festival accepts submissions in all genres - any sort of stage play, musical or otherwise, new or classic, mainstream or specifically focused on an ethnic or cultural niche, including solo shows. To be eligible, each show must have a producer and production team attached to the project. In addition, the MITF will include a Short Subjects division.