Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival:

Students encouraged to submit films

Will Rogers was the Number 1 movie star in American in 1934, and last year marked the 100th anniversary of his first movie, “Laughing Bill Hyde.” This year the first Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival will be coming to Claremore, Oklahoma, October 30-November 3.

Three Festival categories involve students. There is a 14 and Under Shorts, a 15-18 Shorts, and a College Student Shorts category. Submission age is the age of the student at the date of submission.

Claremore actor Kenny Wayne Shavers, co-chair of the event, said that Shorts are a great way for students to start in directing a motion picture. “Shorts are just that, short. They must be under 25 minutes, but can be a couple of minutes long or go up to 25 minutes,”  he said. “Students can grab their cell phones and a few friends and learn to plan and shoot a motion picure to submit to the Festival.”

The Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival started accepting submissions on February 1 and will accept them until August 31, 2019.

There are three levels of submission prices. Early Bird is from February 1- April 1 and is $15, Regular Deadline is April 2 – June 1 and is $20 and late Deadline is June 2- August 31 and is $25.

The Festival is a family friendly event and all submissions must be G, PG or PG-13 to qualify. During the Festival, there will  be workshops, lectures and other activities.

“Will Rogers was learning new things his whole life and this Festival is a great opportunity for young people interested in the movies to learn more about the craft,” said Tad Jones, executive director of the Will Rogers Memorial Museums.

Once all submissions have been reviewed, finalists will be announced on September 28, the date of Will Rogers’ first movie release. The Top 10 in each age category will be shown at the Festival. Category winners will be announced at the Dog Iron Awards Banquet on November 2 and awarded with the prestigious Dog Iron Award and a chance for their short to air on RSUTV, the regional public television station of Rogers State University in Claremore.

“The Festival also has Short and Feature categories including, Made in Oklahoma, American Indian/First Nation/Indigenous, Documentary, Narrative and Comedy,” said Actress Lea McCormick, co-chair of the event.

For more information about the Festival and to submit motion picture proposals, visit www.dogirons.com.

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