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Shaving The Way for New Filmmakers: Progressive Sponsors ‘Stache Pag and International Moustache Film Festival

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Progressive and The Messenger bring must-see moustache movies to silver screen</i> </p>

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Shaving The Way for New Filmmakers: Progressive Sponsors ‘Stache Pag and International Moustache Film Festival08:00 EDT Tuesday, March 13, 2012 MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio (Business Wire) -- On March 30, handle-barred heroes and Fu Manchued filmmakers will be center stage when Progressive® Insurance and its moustachioed ad icon and #1 customer, The Messenger, bring the inaugural International Moustache Film Festival to Portland, Maine. The film festival will be followed by the annual 'Stach Pag (short for Moustache Pageant), where contestants will compete for the prestigious title of Best Moustache in five categories, based on moustache types. The Messenger displays his moustache (Photo: Business Wire) “The ‘Stache Pag and International Moustache Film Festival are a great fit for Progressive and our moustache-bearing super fan, The Messenger,” said Gargi Patel, marketing director at Progressive. “In addition to the obvious connection of The Messenger's moustache and his sense of humor, the innovation and creativity displayed by the independent filmmakers are values we work towards here at Progressive.” The Messenger agrees with Patel, and is looking forward to being involved with the inaugural International Moustache Film Festival. In fact, with the money he's saved as a Progressive customer, The Messenger is following his credo of “Saving it Forward” and doubling the first place prize. “When you dive into the archives of cinema history, you'll find a long line of great moustaches,” said The Messenger, Progressive customer and moustache aficionado. “Whether they were making us laugh in a silent film or beating the bad guys in an action movie … great moustachioed men saved the day time and time again. I'm all about savings and am honored that Progressive is sponsoring this event in my name.” In addition to the first place recognition at the film festival, special awards will be given in categories such as Best Silent Film, Best Foreign Film, Best ‘Stache Growth Story, Best Stache Shaving Story, Best Moustache Death Relationship Story, Best Fake-Moustache Movie and Best Collection of Moustaches in One Film. For patrons unable to make the Friday screening, there will be encore presentations of the films at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on March 31. The film festival will be taking submissions until March 24. For details about film requirements, visit stachefilmfest.com, and to learn more about the rules of the Stache Pag, visit stachepag.com/the-rules. To learn more about The Messenger, visit http://www.facebook.com/progressivemessenger. About Progressive The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies makes it easy to understand, buy, and use auto insurance. Progressive offers choices so consumers can reach us whenever, wherever, and however it's most convenient for them—online at progressive.com, by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE, or in-person with a local agent. Progressive offers insurance for personal and commercial autos and trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, and homes. It's the fourth largest auto insurer in the country, the largest seller of motorcycle insurance, and a leader in commercial auto insurance. Progressive also offers car insurance online in Australia at http://www.progressiveonline.com.au. Founded in 1937, Progressive continues its long history of offering shopping tools and services that save customers time and money, like Name Your Price®, the Snapshot Discount®, and a concierge level of claims service. The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, trade publicly at (NYSE:PGR). Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50201182&lang=en Progressive PRErin Hendrick, 440-395-0454ehendri2@progressive.comorSteve Kaczynski, 440-395-1008skaczyn1@progressive.com