STILLWATER, OK—(January 13, 2017) – After months of screening hundreds of submissions, this week Red Dirt Film will announce the official selections for its film festival in Stillwater. So far, 86 original films have been selected to show as a part of the four-day industry event, March 2-5.
The films will compete for awards in 25 categories, including Best Film by an Oklahoma Director. Awards will be announced the evening of March 4 at the Red Dirt Film awards ceremony, live at the Seretean Center for Performing Arts on Oklahoma State University campus.
Since 2013, Red Dirt Film Fest has brought people from around the world to Stillwater. A generous collaboration with OSU Theatre Department will make it possible for festival goers to attend all the film screenings for free, and organizers are expecting a record number of attendees.
This year, the festival will include the inauguration of the No-Coast Music-Industry Festival, March 3, at Eskimo Joe’s. No-Coast is the first step to growing the festival into other media.
“This year’s No-Coast will be a small showcase of local artists,” said Rhett Bryan, director of the music event. “We are hoping to grow it into a festival for Oklahoma’s music industry.”
Red Dirt was recently named one of the Top 100 Reviewed Film Fests by Film Freeway, the top film fest clearinghouse in the world. While Red Dirt Film is run by volunteers, last year’s fest brought in an estimated $300,000 to the local business community.
“The potential for future events is limitless as we work to build Red Dirt Film as a staple of the Stillwater/OSU community,” said festival director Damon Blalack.
To stay informed about the latest developments in the Red Dirt Film community, follow them on Facebook (@RedDirtInternationalFilmFestival) or visit the website at reddirtfilm.com this Saturday to see the 2017 Official Selections.
Programming Director Marisa Ferrell (405) 708-1818
Executive Director Damon Blalack (405) 880-0276
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